André Kritzinger

SAR 2-6-2+2-6-2 Class NG G16 Garratt No 113

Cape Narrow Gauge (2 foot) ex SAR 2-6-2+2-6-2 Class NG G16 Garratt No 113 at the Sandstone Estates near Ficksburg, Free State Province, on 9 April 2006.

SAR 2-6-2+2-6-2 Class NG G16 Garratt No 113
André Kritzinger, Feb 14, 2007
    • BoxcabE50
      A Garratt! Neat!


      Boxcab E50
    • André Kritzinger
      Thanks for the compliment - I'm flattered! (Again.) But I personally liked this one better ;) :
    • HemiAdda2d
      What did the tractive effort of these compare to a US-designed 2-6-6-2? Granted, with the 2-foot gauge, they would be lighter than the American counterpart, but I wonder what one would weigh?
    • André Kritzinger
      Wouldn't know the answer to that, sorry! I would imagine, though, that when compared kilo for kilo (or pound for pound....) to locos like the Big Boy, the Garratts would have better traction for the simple reason that, with the exception of the two pilot bogies, every gram/ounce of weight of the whole loco, inluding that of the water tender up front and the coal tender at the rear, rests on the drivers - even the box of matches in the stoker/fireman's pocket! On "normal" locos the tenders cannot contribute to traction. I talked to the crews on both the 2' and 3'6" gauge Garratts, and they all told me that it's extremely difficult to please the railfans and make them slip and do a wheelie.
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