Class 564B 6-Cylinder
Doherty Compound Express Goods Locomotive
Designed by Jochann Ketterik
Built in 1975 by RSR Works, Bevice-Akohniçe, Ruhnia
The class 564B
does not belong to RSR history, because all of these magnificent
are still in service, albeit in rebuilt form, doing yeoman work on all the RSR's main routes.
impeccable pedigree is apparent from both their contribution to the
freight-moving business, which includes the Trans-Euro-Freight link, of
which several routes pass over RSR metals, and their record of low
costs and high reliability. To produce this superb machine, Ketterik
built on the experience gained with the 364A pacific and 564A 4-10-0,
the Doherty layout with a wide firebox. With their
square metres of grate area and 32.6 tons of tractive effort (not
the booster's 5.4 tons), these engines are the equal of every task.
of 1400 tons gross up the notorious Rovniebera bank at 100 kmh is an
achievement. The 564B turned out to be a first-class investment
which gave excellent returns for many years.
Text and graphics © Norman Clubb 2012