Class 323E 2-6-0 (1934)

Class 323E 2-Cylinder Passenger Locomotive
Designed by Frihdrik Tešlov
Built in 1934 by Vulcan Foundry, Manchester, England

By the 1930s the RSR was feeling the need for a modern, medium-power locomotive for the lightly-laid secondary lines in various parts of the country. Tešlov was able, with quite modest drawing office effort, to produce this sprightly-looking 2-6-0, which bore all the visible hallmarks of his pre-war designs. These little engines were a most welcome addition to the RSR's motive power resources, taking over from various ageing types, in particular Belčamin's 4-6-0s of 1900 vintage. A total of eighty of these sturdy "Moguls" was delivered by the Vulcan Foundry, of Newton-le-Willows, Manchester, between 1934 and 1937. Quite a number of them happily survived the Second World War and remained in charge of secondary services until the coming of Rodnivacek's 4-8-0s and 4-8-4Ts of 1954. One is maintained in working order at Bevice-Plizif for working enthusiasts' specials.

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