Strade Ferrate della Sicilia / FS 0-6-0 Locomotives in Italy


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Gruppo C-III (Locobase 6212)

Data from the Rete Sicula website [] ... (visited 5 July 2004). The RS bought several dozen of these 6-coupleds, which Locobase has broken into two entries only to show the enlarged boiler in Sottogruppo iii. six of the latter (RS 150-155) had boilers pressed to 10 bar (142 psi). Like the other sottogruppi, these were rated at 50 km/h (31 mph).

At the time of the Ferrovie dello Stato's takeover in 1905, Gruppo C was divided between Palermo and Catania in roughly even numbers.


Class Gruppo E/FS 269 (Locobase 6214)

Data from the Rete Sicula website [] ... (visited 5 July 2004). See also Wikipedia's "Locomotiva FS 269" entry at [], last accessed 19 August 2019.

Six sturdy six-coupleds with relatively tall drivers and large grates. Their speed rating was a useful 60 km/h ((37 mph), which suited them for mixed-traffic service given the overall operating conditions on the island.

At the time of the Ferrovie dello Stato's takeover in 1905, Palermo housed all six. By 1914, five remained in service.


Class Gruppo G / Gruppo 827 (Locobase 6216)

Data from the Rete Sicula website [] ... (visited 5 July 2004).

Small 6-coupled tanks with the dome located ahead of the first axle but balanced by the firebox located behind the last driving axle. Everything points to a low-speed switcher and the rating was 40 km/h (25 mph).

At the time of the Ferrovie dello Stato's takeover in 1905, all were in service. They were divided among Messina (4), Catania (2), Caltanissetta (1), and Palermo (1).

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Middle Run Media

ClassGruppo C-IIIGruppo E/FS 269Gruppo G / Gruppo 827
Locobase ID6212 6214 6216
RailroadStrade Ferrate della Sicilia / FSStrade Ferrate della Sicilia / FSStrade Ferrate della Sicilia / FS
CountryItalyItalyItaly
Whyte0-6-00-6-00-6-0T
Number in Class2968
Road NumbersRS 128-167 / GR 2048-2076RS 251-256/Gr 2691-2695RS 351-58 / Gr 8265-72
GaugeStdStdStd
Number Built2968
BuilderHenschel & Sohn
Year18831886
Valve GearStephensonStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)11.38 / 3.4712.80 / 3.90 8.53 / 2.60
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)11.38 / 3.4712.80 / 3.90 8.53 / 2.60
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase111
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m) 8.53 / 2.60
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)27,999 / 12,70030,865 / 14,00026,455 / 12,000
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)80,248 / 36,40088,626 / 40,20077,162 / 35,000
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)80,248 / 36,40088,626 / 40,20077,162 / 35,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)47,399 / 21,50047,399 / 21,500
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)127,647 / 57,900136,025 / 61,70077,162 / 35,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)1716 / 6.501716 / 7.601162 / 4.40
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT) 4.40 / 4 4.40 / 41 / 1
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)45 / 22.5049 / 24.5043 / 21.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)50.40 / 128059.40 / 151046.10 / 1170
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)130.50 / 9145 / 10130.50 / 9
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)17.32" x 25.59" / 440x65016.93" x 25.59" / 430x65015.75" x 19.69" / 400x500
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)16,895 / 7663.4515,219 / 6903.2311,753 / 5331.08
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.75 5.82 6.57
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)179 - 1.969" / 50
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)12.89 / 3.93
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)90.42 / 8.40
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)15.71 / 1.4621.74 / 2.0212.37 / 1.15
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1159 / 107.701161 / 107.87812 / 75.46
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1159 / 107.701161 / 107.87812 / 75.46
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume166.09174.13182.88
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation205031521614
Same as above plus superheater percentage205031521614
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area13,111
Power L13473
Power MT259.18

All material Copyright © SteamLocomotive.com
Wes Barris