Monday, November 20, 2006 at 9:35 am
Indian Garratt Restored
The Hindu reports that a 230-ton Beyer-Garratt articulated steam locomotive has been restored to service after 36 years; it made an inaugural 58-km run between Shalimar and Mecheda on the South Eastern Railway in West Bengal, India on Friday. It’s expected to be put to use on a tourist line. Other coverage: Business Standard, Kolkata Newsline, NDTV.com.
This is as good an excuse as any to introduce you to the Garratt type of steam locomotive: it’s an articulated locomotive with the boiler mounted on a centre frame between two engines, with tank tenders on each end. The design, developed by Herbert William Garratt in the early 20th century, allowed for a larger but shorter boiler, higher speeds and better weight distribution. There were no Garratts in North America, where railroads preferred articulated locomotives of the Mallet type, but they were popular in Africa, India and Australia.
For more on Garratts, see Gavin Hamilton’s Complete List of Garratt Locomotives as well as this page about the world’s first Garratt, the Tasmanian 0-4-0+0-4-0 K1.