Class N 2-Cylinder
Shunting Tank Lokomotive
Designed by Marek Luršimonš
Built in by Sharp, Stewart & Co., Manchester, England
At the start of the 1870s the RSR needed some new shunting engines. Chief Engineer Marek Luršimonš had forty of these sprightly little 0-6-0Ts built by Sharp Stewart in 1874. It was thus possible to replace a varied collection of superannuated passenger engines with one class of identical machines, lowering both running and maintenance costs. One of these locomotives, no. 383, was involved in the Krimpa double collision of 1892, in which its boiler was separated from its frame and exploded with great force, luckily without loss of life. The engine was repaired and back at work within three weeks, a testament to the class's general robustness. As with many similar classes all over the world, a few class Ns continued to potter up and down the branch lines well into the present century, the last three disappearing from Freltehnie in 1936.