AUSTRIA-HUNGARY 1861

Robin Barnes - Railway Art and History

Robin Barnes, Railway Art and History

To achieve maximum adhesion, ideally all wheels should be powered, but this was difficult of achievement in the rod-driven reciprocating steam locomotive. In the eight-coupled Steyerdorf, built at the Staats Eisenbahn Gesellschaft, Wien (StEG), during 1861, we see the Fink variation on the Engerth arrangement, in which the four trailing wheels were mounted in a separate articulated frame, driven from the front via a dummy crankshaft, arranged to permit some lateral movement. Whilst its performance on the difficult Reschitza to Orawicza line did not set the hills alive to the sound of music, it was good enough to be followed by three further examples up to 1867, one of which survived to become in 1891, briefly, Hungarian Royal State Railway (MAV) No. 4270.
Robin Barnes, Railway Art and History  Robin Barnes, Railway Art and History
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