Class O1 0-8-0T (1884)

Class O1 4-Cylinder Tandem Compound Shunting Tank Locomotive
Designed by Marek Luršimonš
Developed in 1884 from Class O by RSR Works, Bevice-Akohniçe

The reason for this husky little tank engine's construction is to many people not quite clear. She had everything her progenetrix, the class O, had, except fuel capacity, plus slightly more adhesive weight (at least with full tanks and bunker). One theory names apprentice training as the objective; another refers to the search for a replacement for the old H class 0-8-0T bankers of 1860, but that would surely not have justified the expense of a rebuild. The search was on for a few station pilots of adequate power, and the class O fitted the bill, except that they took up too much space. That tender was over 7 metres long, an amount of space some stations didn't have to spare. And, of course, a station pilot is always close to home and so can do without a tender anyway. Hence the rebuild. No. 447 is shown in her special livery as station pilot at Kropčahne during her later years.

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