Class 434DD 4-8-4 (1994)

Class 434DD 3-Cylinder Compound Express Passenger Locomotive
Designed by Artur Gorote
Built by RSR Works, Bevice-Akohniçe, Ruhnia, in 1994

During the 1990s, with steam only in operation on the numerous railway preservation schemes that were flourishing in many parts of the world, the RSR continued to use steam power and at the same time remain a smart, efficient business, with modern, powerful locomotives and state-of-the-art permanent way and signalling. In answer to the nostalgia abroad, the RSR embarked at home on a publicity campaign straight out of the 1930s. As they passed through the works during 1994 and 1995, twenty of the class 434D 4-8-4s were fitted with streamlined shrouding, which was copied as faithfully as possible from the class T1 duplexes of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and put to work with new matching rolling stock on the principal express routes. Raymond Loewy's design, its proportions adjusted to suit European dimensions, was combined to dramatic effect with the forest green livery of Luršimonš and Belčamin, giving both travelling and lineside public a taste of the glamour and flair of the streamline era.

The success of the nostalgia expresses led to the development of new rolling stock in 2003. These new coaches and all existing ones received a new style of trim, which was now matched by the locomotives.

Class 433DD 4-8-4 (2003 livery)

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