A2 2-Cylinder Express Passenger Locomotive
by Marek Luršimonš
in 1859 by Ansaldo, Genoa, Italy
Luršimonš's first 4-coupled design for the RSR was this high-wheeled
long-boiler 2-4-0, of which 26 were built by Ansaldo of Genoa.
their racy appearance was belied by at best indifferent performance.
problem was not so much bad running (the usual bugbear of
since the wheelbase was quite long, but rather their poor steaming and
attendant high coal consumption. On a good day, however, they could
quite hard and were entrusted with the heavier trains on the steeper
to the south. Nevertheless, all had gone to the scrapyard by 1866,
displaced by the "Allegrettos".
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