Holland Railway 2-4-0 Locomotives in Netherlands


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class De Ruyter (Locobase 21056)

Data from "2/3 gek. Schnellzug-lokomotive fur Russiche Spurweite", Locomotiven, A Borsig (Tegel bei Berlin, 1898), archived on Historical Railway Images, Flickr, at [], p. 14, last accessed 11 July 2022. See also "Four-Coupled Express Engines for the Holland Railway," The Locomotive Magazine, Volume V [5] (February 1900), p.19. Works numbers were 3900-3909 and 3937-3951 in 1883, 4053-4058 in 1884.

LM's 1900 report noted that Borsig's deliveries fell into two subgroups. Most arrived in 1883-1884 (126-135, 144-148, 154-159) and had slightly less heating surface, smaller cab windows, and a dome placed "very near" the firebox. These were the De Ruyters shown here. The accompanying photograph shows a gawky engine with a Belpaire firebox topped by the safety-valve column, a smallish cab over large cab sides, tall, thin dome and tall, trumpet-shaped stack. Even the valve gear looks awkwardly laid out. But the two gents standing next to (and dwarfed by) the rear driver, eash with his left hand on his hip, seem proud of their large greyhound.

And they could put up the numbers, says Locomotive Magazine. In 1899, 16 years after entering service, 129 Van der neer left Rotterdam 26 minutes late and trailing 10 carriages and arrived at Amsterdam 53.27 miles (85.8 km) distant in 97 minutes. The average speed is 33 mph (53 kph), but the run included no fewer than 6 intermediate stops (Schiedam, Delft, the Hague, Leiven, Vogelenzang, and Haarlem) and was completed in 12 fewer minutes than normally booked. The last leg of 11 1/2 miles (18.5 km) was covered in 15 1/2 minutes (44.5 mph/71 kph).


Class Franz Hals (Locobase 10138)

Data from "Four-Coupled Express Engines for the Holland Railway," The Locomotive Magazine, Volume V [5] (February 1900), p.19.

The LM article noted that Borsig's deliveries of these high-wheeling express engines fell into two subgroups. Most arrived in 1883-1884 (126-135, 144-148, 154-159) and are discussed in Locobase 21056. The six Frans Hals locomotives came a few years later and had slightly larger heating surface areas. The two gents standing next to (and dwarfed by) the rear driver, eash with his left hand on his hip, seem proud of their large greyhound.

And they could put up the numbers, says Locomotive Magazine. In 1899, 16 years after entering service, 129 Van der neer left Rotterdam 26 minutes late and trailing 10 carriages and arrived at Amsterdam 53.27 miles (85.8 km) distant in 97 minutes. The average speed is 33 mph, but the run included no fewer than 6 intermediate stops (Schiedam, Delft, the Hague, Leiven, Vogelenzang, and Haarlem) and was completed in 12 fewer minutes than normally booked. The last leg of 11 1/2 miles was covered in 15 1/2 minutes (44.5 mph/71 km/h).

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

ClassDe RuyterFranz Hals
Locobase ID21056 10138
RailroadHolland RailwayHolland Railway
CountryNetherlandsNetherlands
Whyte2-4-02-4-0
Number in Class216
Road Numbers126-135, 144-148, 154-159,184-89
GaugeStdStd
Number Built216
BuilderBorsigBorsig
Year18831888
Valve GearWalschaertWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)31,948 / 14,491
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)63,280 / 28,703
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)93,476 / 42,40091,952 / 41,709
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)57,320 / 26,00056,592 / 25,670
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)150,796 / 68,400148,544 / 67,379
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)2376 / 92400 / 9.09
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT) 5.50 / 5 3.90 / 4
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)53 / 26.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)84.30 / 214084 / 2134
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)145 / 10150 / 10.30
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)17.99" x 25.98" / 457x66018" x 26" / 457x660
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)12,293 / 5576.0212,786 / 5799.64
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.95
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)11.87 / 3.62
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)22.07 / 2.0522.47 / 2.09
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1182 / 109.771222 / 113.57
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1182 / 109.771222 / 113.57
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume154.65159.58
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation32003371
Same as above plus superheater percentage32003371
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area
Power L1
Power MT

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