These standard gauge locomotives were delivered from various East European countries. They are Warsaw Pact versions of the standard BR52 class of the German Railways of the 1940's and 50's commonly known as "Kreigslokomotive". Unfortunately they were never used on the DSVN 1435 mm tracks. Possibly they were too heavy for the poorly maintained track at the time. They have a 2-10-0 wheel arrangement and presumably would have been used on freight trains if they had ever been used, though one source suggests they were for passenger service! The locomotives were apparently delivered sometime in the 1980's. One record says there were 8 delivered, another says 12 another 15 or 16! They would presumably would have been classified as 150 Class if they had ever run. If they were delivered in the late 1980's they would have been in pretty poor repair I would imagine as some appear to have been built in the 1940's! There seem to be conflicting records as to which locomotives were actually delivered to Vietnam.
The different records are as follows:
PKP Ty2.464 (ex 52 5240 Krenau 1249/1943)
PKP Ty2.1214 (ex 52 6797 WLF 16250/1943)
PKP Ty2.1220 (ex 52 4362 Krenau 1494/1944)
PKP Ty2.1274 (ex 52 ? ? ?)
SZD (USSR) TE1263 (ex 52 1263 DWM 694/1944)
SZD (USSR) TE 5978 (ex 52 5978 BMAG 12414/1943)
2 more unknown TE's
In the book 'baureihe 52 von lok-report', there is a little different list:From Moldova were sent TE 1263, 1390, 2363, 2727, 5096, 5470, 5490, 5560, 5978
From PKP (Polish Railways ?) were sent Ty2 464, 1214 and 1220
Third Record:CSD(DB) No. TE-5978(52.5978) 2-10-0
CSD(DB) No. TE-6797(52.6797) 2-10-0
CSD(DB) No. Ty2-464(52.5240) 2-10-0
CSD(DB) No. TE-2727(52.2727) 2-10-0
CSD(DB) No. Ty2-1214(52.839) 2-10-0
CSD(DB) No. Ty2-1274 2-10-0
CSD(DB) No. TE-1263(52.1263) 2-10-0
CSD(DB) No. TE-1390(52.1390) 2-10-0
So the common numbers are : 464,
1214,1220, 1263, 5978,
There also seems to be a photo of TE ?4?05 which doesn't appear on either of the above lists. Curioser and curioser......!
As they were not used were they
scrapped? Most were stored at Yen Vien.
The Website "www.steamloco.info" lists the following information:
Note: All information regarding matters Vietnam on this site seems terribly out of date, but this sort of information is probably accurate.
Above: "TE 1263 from Russia, the former German war locomotive 52 1263, stored at Yen Vien, picture taken 1989." Photo by Johannes Gloeckner) The locomotive, even though dusty, appears to be in better condition than the locomotives in the other photos.
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Steam Locomotives generally used the traditional French classification system. A steam locomotive with a 2-8-2 wheel arrangement is classified as 141 class, a locomotive with 4-6-2 wheel arrangement is classified as 231 class etc. Pretty straight forward, except what they did if two classes had a 2-8-2 wheel arrangement I'm not sure. It didn't happen so wasn't a problem?
Diesel locomotives have a completely dfferent clasification system.
All diesel classes start with the letter 'D' (for diesel?) then a number which I believe is related to the locomotives power output. The third character defines Electric' (E) or hydraulic (H).
e.g. D5H class = Diesel + 500 hp + hydraulic.
Again, what happens if two classes are the same I don't know.
I am still investigating pre 1975 classifications. Some are the same e.g. 141 steam class, and some are different e.g. 'BB' class instead of D9E.
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