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4-8-2 + 2-8-4 Beyer Garratt Locomotive No 5505 order No. 11129 works No 7157 supplied in 1945

pdf Drawing of 4-8-2 + 2-8-4 East African Railways & Harbours Board 5505

The first order from Tanganyika Railway was for six 4-8-0 tender locomotives DL class order No. 02296 works progressive Nos. 6128 - 6133 in 1923. The classification "DL" stood for Development Loan. Originally the engines were numbered 200 - 205 to be later renumbered 300 - 305. In 1948 the engines were again renumbers 2301 - 2306.

A second order, order No. 1171 in 1931 was for three 4-8-2 + 2-8-4 GA class Garratt locomotives works progressive Nos. 6718 - 6720. The locomotives were numbered 300 Arusha, 301 Iringa, 302 Bukoba. Renumbered in the early 1930's as 700 - 702. No. 702 was scrapped in 1944 and in 1948 700 & 701 were renumbered 5301 & 5302 class 53.

Ordered by the British Government's Ministry of Supply order No. 11129 works progressive order No. 7150 - 7159. 7157 was supplied in 1945 to Tanganyika Railways No. 752. In 1948 Tanganyika Railways and Kenya State Railways combined to become East African Railways & Harbours Board, E.A.R., and the locomotive was renumbered 5505. The engine is now preserved at Nairobi Railway Museum.

This metre gauge design was referred to by code name "STALIG" Standard Light Garratt and was more suitable for general use than the earlier WD Garratts to meet the requirements for further power on the metre gauge lines of India, Burma, Malaya, etc. The locomotive weighed in at 133.4 tons in working order.

The driving wheels were 4'-0" in dia and the four outside cylinders 16" dia x 24" stroke with a boiler pressure of 200 psi.

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