Bavarian D III

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Bavarian D III
Number(s) Names and works nos.
Quantity 6
Manufacturer Krauss
Retired by 1897
Wheel arrangement 0-4-0
Axle arrangement B n2t
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length over buffers 7,525 mm
Overall wheelbase 2,450 mm
Service weight 24.0 t
Adhesive weight 24.0 t
Axle load 12.0 t (centre)
Top speed 45 km/h
Driving wheel diameter 985 mm
Valve gear Allan, outside
No. of cylinders 2
Cylinder bore 290 mm
Piston stroke 540 mm
Boiler Overpressure 10 kp/cm2 = 9.81 bar
Grate area 0.93 m2
Evaporative heating area 58.0 m2
Water capacity 3.4 m3
Fuel 1.35 t coal

The Class D III engines of the Royal Bavarian State Railways (Königlich Bayerische Staatsbahn) were tank locomotives designed for shunting and Vizinalbahn service.

Georg Krauss had exhibited a locomotive of this type, which had been developed on the same design principles as the Bavarian B VII, at the 1873 Vienna World Exposition and sold it to the Bebra-Hanau Railway. The Bavarian State Railway also decided to procured the locomotive and order six for the same duties as those of the Maffei-built Bavarian D I class, which had been introduced in 1871.

The D I was equipped with an outside Allan valve gear and an enclosed driver's cab. Its coal and water tanks jutted out over the rear driving axle.

The locomotives were used partly for branch line service and partly for light shunting duties inter alia in Munich and Ingolstadt, and also at Lindau working with the ferries on Lake Constance. Because the engines could not attain the performance of the Bavarian D IV due to their simpler design, they were retired between 1894 and 1897. One engine was transferred to the Röthenbach–Weiler branch line and one to the Bavarian Cement Works at Marienstein, the rest were scrapped.

One engine was sold, the remainder had been retired and scrapped by 1897.

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