Steam locomotive class 044 with coal tender of the Deutsche Bundesbahn (DB).
■ DB Witte smoke deflectors in lower position.
■ DB lamps.
■ Middle drive axles with smaller wheel flanges.
■ Unobstructed view between boiler and chassis.
■ Close coupling between loco and tender.
Digital interface Next 18. Current input at loco and tender. Drive on 4 wheels with 4 traction tyres in the tender. Two spring-supported tender axles. Close-coupling on the front of the loco.
The development of a powerful freight train locomotive was a part of the German standard locomotive programme of the Deutsche Reichsbahn Gesellschaft (DRG). The locomotive designated the class 44 with its triple cylinders was designed to transport freight wagons weighing up to 1,200 t in low mountain ranges and up to 600 t on steep ascents. In 1926, the first 10 locomotives were delivered with the 1’E h3 axle arrangement. This locomotive was not put into series production until the demands on train transport increased from 1937, after which it was procured in large quantities and in different designs. The series 44 locomotives formed the backbone of the heavy freight train service across the whole of Germany until they were replaced by modern diesel and electric locomotives.
- Number of axles with traction tyres - 2
- Number of driven axles - 2
- Interior fitting - Driver's cab
- Coupling - Close coupler motion link between locomotive and tender
- Coupling - NEM shaft 355 with close coupling mechanism
- Minimum radius - 192 mm
- Head light - Both sides of the vehicle are equipped with direction dependent triple headlights.