Class D29 2-8-0 (1910)

Class D29 4-Cylinder Compound Goods Locomotive
Designed by Karel Belčamin in 1910

While searching for possible new applications of his 1906 superheated boiler, Belčamin sketched out the rather elegant 2-8-0 shown here. In a way, the D29 can be regarded as an alternative to the D8 that was actually built, the main difference being the more typical 4-cylinder compound drive, smaller driving wheels and leading pony truck. In the event, the Krauss D8s lived up to their builder's reputation for sound construction and reliability, and so the D29 was not proceeded with, although its running gear would have made it more at home in the southern highlands than the D8. 

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