Hannover 1602 (Hanomag 1825/1885) represents first variant of the Bauart Hannover. Factory photo, source: Lokomotiven der alten deutschen Staats- und Privatbahnen by H. Maey and E. Born, Transpress, 1983.
T41 Erfurt 6411 (Henschel 3048/1891) was sold in 1925 to Raw Meiningen and served there until 1934. Source: as above
Former TKb100-10, erroneously designated TKc100-1, Henschel 3838/1893, rebuilt by Borsig in 1927. Railway Museum, Warsaw, July 23, 2002.
The same locomotive, photographed on September 19, 2010. Differences from the original T41 are evident.
Side drawing of the T41 Normalbauart. Source: Lokomotiv-Archiv Preußen Band 3 (see References).
Factory illustration of the KPEV Altona 1639 (Hanomag 1951/1888). This locomotive remained in Germany and was written off before 1925. Source: Die Lokomotive July 1921.
In 1906 Prussian state railways KPEV modified their locomotive designations system. In many cases this involved grouping of various types under one new class designation. This was the case with class T4, which included several types of tank locomotives with axle arrangements 1-2-0 or 0-2-1. With drivers slightly below 1600 mm, they were intended mainly for passenger traffic on commuter lines. These types included:
- T4 Bauart Elberfeld: 32 examples originally built for Bergisch-Märkische Eisenbahn by Hanomag, Henschel, MBG Karlsruhe and Esslingen between 1868 and 1881, impressed into KPEV after nationalization in 1882, plus 63 built for KPEV between 1884 and 1890, later re-designated T42, some designated T2 (0-2-1);
- T4 Bauart der Rheinischen Eisenbahn: fourteen examples built for Rheinische Eisenbahn by Wöhlert and Hanomag between 1873 and 1875, impressed into KPEV after nationalization in 1880, plus nine more from Hanomag and Vulcan, delivered between 1885 and 1889, some designated T2 (0-2-1);
- four variants known as Moabit-Typ (six from Borsig, 1882), Bauart Altona (ten from Union, 1888), Bauart Magdeburg (fourteen from Borsig and Henschel, 1884-1888) and Berliner Form (68 from Hanomag and Henschel, 1888-1893), differing in details and later developed into standardized T41 (1-2-0);
- T4 Bauart Hannover (also known as Bauart von Borries) built in two versions for Hannover and Bromberg regional managements, the latter with extended side water boxes (24 from Hartmann, Henschel and Hanomag, 1885-1890, 1-2-0)
- standardized (Normalbauart) class T41: 129 built for KPEV by Henschel, Hanomag and Schichau between 1890 and 1898 plus three for Königliche Militär-Eisenbahn from Borsig and Henschel between 1891 and 1892 (1-2-0);
- T43 for Werrabahn: three examples from Schichau, 1898 (1-2-0).
All these variants had single-expansion steam engines and were fitted with Allan valve gear. Steam pressure of 10 bar was increased to 12 bar in later versions. With the appearance of more powerful types (T51, later T11 and T12) these locomotives were gradually shifted to local traffic on secondary lines. Many older examples were withdrawn in early 1900s, some were sold to various private railways. Although it was originally intended to keep a few dozen T4s in service, all were withdrawn from DRG before 1925 due to obsolescence, so no numbers were actually assigned. The sole exception was 69 6101 (class T42, Henschel 4084/1894), sold to a private railway in 1912. Taken over by DR in 1949, it was withdrawn two years later. One T41 (Henschel 3048/1891, formerly Erfurt 6411) was used by Raw Meiningen repair establishment after being withdrawn from DRG, but, although designated 70 7007, it was not the DRG property and is not included in their stock lists.
PKP acquired just two examples of these already obsolete locomotives, Bromberg 6401 and 6402 (Henschel 3985/1893 and 3986/1893). They were classed OKc1, but most probably only formally, as both were withdrawn before 1927. This, however, was not the end of Polish T4s. The sole surviving example of this class is a T41 (Henschel 3838/1893), originally designated Breslau 1462, then Kattowitz 1462 and Kattowitz 6409. Sold to Stolper Kreisbahn in 1917 and re-numbered 31, it was rebuilt by Borsig in 1927 and fitted with new boiler with superheater, as well as modified cylinders and valve gear. In 1945 it was impressed into PKP. Although of Prussian origin, it came from a local railway and hence was designated TKb100-10 (despite its original appropriation it was considered a freight engine, but correct designation would have been TKc100-10). Sold in 1953 to an agricultural cooperative, it was re-designated TKc100-1649 (after factory number of the new boiler). In 1979 it was written off and transferred to the Railway Museum, Warsaw, where it can be seen on static display bearing erroneous PKP designation TKc100-1. Externally it hardly resembles an original T41.
Main technical data
Note: all data for T41 Normalbauart.
1) Including one rebuilt.
References and acknowledgments
- LP, TB vol. 2;
- Lokomotiv-Archiv Preußen Band 3 by Andreas Wagner (Bechtermünz Verlag, 1996);
- Länderbahn-Dampflokomotiven by Lothar Spielhoff (Weltbild Verlag, 1994).