KUR EC4 class

The KUR EC4 class, later known as the EAR 54 class, was a class of 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in) gauge 4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratt-type articulated steam locomotives developed under and for use in wartime conditions.

  • Kenya-Uganda Railway EC4 class
  • East African Railways 54 class
EAR 5402 with a passenger train at Limuru, Kenya
EAR 5402 with a passenger train at Limuru, Kenya
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderBeyer, Peacock & Co.
Serial number7075–7081
Build date1944
Total produced7
Specifications
Configuration:
 • Whyte4-8-2+2-8-4 (Garratt)
 • UIC(2′D1′)(1′D2′) h4
Gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
Driver dia.45.5 in (1,156 mm)
Adhesive weight112 long tons (114 t)
Loco weight171.5 long tons (174.3 t)
Fuel typeOil
Fuel capacity2,375 imp gal (10,800 l; 2,852 US gal)
Water cap6,000 imp gal (27,000 l; 7,200 US gal)
Firebox:
 • Firegrate area
51.3 sq ft (4.77 m2)
Boiler pressure180 psi (1.24 MPa)
Heating surface2,992 sq ft (278.0 m2)
 • Tubes 
2,310 sq ft (215 m2)
 • Firebox212 sq ft (19.7 m2)
Superheater:
 • TypeInside
 • Heating area470 sq ft (44 m2)
Cylinders4 (Garratt)
Cylinder size19 in × 24 in (483 mm × 610 mm)
Valve gearWalschaerts
Loco brakeWestinghouse type
Train brakesWestinghouse type
Performance figures
Tractive effort58,260 lbf (259.15 kN)
Career
Operators
Class
  • KUR: EC4 class
  • EAR: 54 class
Number in class7
Numbers
  • WD: 74418–74424
  • KUR: 89–95/100–106
  • EAR: 5401–5407
First run1944
DispositionAll scrapped
[1]

The seven members of the class were built during the latter stages of World War II by Beyer, Peacock & Co. in Manchester, England, for the War Department of the United Kingdom and the Kenya-Uganda Railway (KUR). They entered service on the KUR in 1944, and were later operated by the KUR's successor, the East African Railways (EAR).[2]

Class listEdit

The builder's and fleet numbers of each member of the class were as follows:[3][4]

Builder's
number
WD
number
First KUR
number
Second KUR
number
EAR
number
Notes
7075 74418 89 100 5401
7076 74419 90 101 5402 Last member of the class to be withdrawn from service
7077 74420 91 102 5403
7078 74421 92 103 5404
7079 74422 93 104 5405
7080 74423 94 105 5406
7081 74424 95 106 5407

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Ramaer 1974, pp. 63–64, 70, 86, 88.
  2. ^ Ramaer 1974, pp. 63–64.
  3. ^ Ramaer 1974, pp. 63–64, 70.
  4. ^ Durrant 1981, p. 196.

BibliographyEdit

  • Durrant, A E (1981). Garratt Locomotives of the World (rev. and enl. ed.). Newton Abbot, Devon, UK; North Pomfret, Vt, USA: David & Charles. ISBN 0715376411.
  • Durrant, A E; Lewis, C P; Jorgensen, A A (1981). Steam in Africa. London: Hamlyn. ISBN 0600349462.
  • Patience, Kevin (1976). Steam in East Africa: a pictorial history of the railways in East Africa, 1893-1976. Nairobi: Heinemann Educational Books (E.A.) Ltd. OCLC 3781370.
  • Ramaer, Roel (1974). Steam Locomotives of the East African Railways. David & Charles Locomotive Studies. Newton Abbot, Devon, UK; North Pomfret, Vt, USA: David & Charles. ISBN 0715364375.
  • Ramaer, Roel (2009). Gari la Moshi: Steam Locomotives of the East African Railways. Malmö, Sweden: Stenvalls. ISBN 9789172661721.
  • Staff writer (June 1956). "The "54" Class Locomotives". East African Railways and Harbours Magazine. East African Railways and Harbours. 2 (9): 308. Retrieved 8 December 2014.

External linksEdit

  Media related to KUR EC4 class at Wikimedia Commons