Indian locomotive class WG

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Indian WG
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WG class (left) at Agra station (2007)
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderChittaranjan Locomotive Works (1908)
North British Locomotive Company (115)
NBL (subcontracted to Vulcan Foundry) 10
Anglo-Franco-Belge (La Croyère) (18)
AFB (subcontracted to Henschel) (64)
Gio. Ansaldo & C. (25)
Baldwin Locomotive Works (50)
Henschel & Sohn (60)
Hitachi (100)
Krupp (40)
Lokomotivfabrik Floridsdorf (60)[1]
Build date1950–1970[citation needed]
Total produced2450
 • Whyte2-8-2
 • UIC1′D1′ h2
Gauge5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm)
Driver dia.61 12 in (1,562 mm)
Axle load18 long tons 10 cwt (41,400 lb or 18.8 t)
Loco weight101 long tons 17 cwt (228,100 lb or 103.5 t)[citation needed]
Tender weight71 long tons 16 cwt (160,800 lb or 73 t)[citation needed]
Total weight173 long tons 13 cwt (389,000 lb or 176.4 t)[citation needed]
Fuel type(?)
 • Firegrate area
46 sq ft (4.3 m2)[2]
Boiler pressure210 lbf/in2 (1.45 MPa)[citation needed]
Heating surface2,920 sq ft (271 m2)[2]
CylindersTwo, outside[citation needed]
Cylinder size21 78 in × 28 in (556 mm × 711 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort38,890 lbf (172.99 kN)[citation needed]
Sources :[3] except where noted

The Indian Railways WG class was a type of broad gauge 2-8-2 goods locomotive introduced in the 1950s. Over 2000 of the class were built between 1950 and 1970.

History and design[edit]

The WG design was introduced in 1950; it utilised identical equipment (boiler, motion, springs, tender bogies, and rear truck) as used in the 4-6-2 WP class passenger locomotives. The first hundred units (No.s 8301 to 8400) were built by North British and subcontractor Vulcan Foundry (ten units). Number 8350 was exhibited at the Festival of Britain in 1951.[4]

Locomotives were also sourced from the Société Franco-Belge in Raismes, France,[5] Lokomotivfabrik Floridsdorf in Austria,[6] and from elsewhere in Europe and from Japan. The rolling stock works of Chittaranjan Locomotive Works in West Bengal initially manufactured locomotives from imported parts; by 1953, 70% of the locomotives were domestically produced, and by 1956 the works was able to entirely satisfy the domestic production need for WG locomotives. Production ceased in 1970; the final unit being named Antim Sitara (Last Star).[5]


Eight WG's are now preserved in India, WG 10253, is preserved at the Zonal Training School Bhusaval, WG 9428 is used at the UP Cement Corporation, WG 9391 is preserved and stored in Burdwan, WG 8258 is preserved on a static pedestal on public display in Sahibganj railway station, WG 10527 is stored in a shed in Burdwan, WG 9286 is preserved by Sri Durga Trading Company, WG 8407 "Deshbandhu" became the first WG to be preserved into Indian Railway Heritage, it is stored Pedestal along with WG 10560 "Antim Sitara" at Chittaranjan Locomotive Works.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Hughes 1996, p. 19.
  2. ^ a b Hughes 1996, p. 110.
  3. ^ Indian Steam Pages - Post War Steam, IRFCA
  4. ^ Indian Steam Pages - Post War Steam, IRFC, Development of post war standard goods locomotive
  5. ^ a b Indian Steam Pages - Post War Steam, IRFC, Building locomotives at Chittaranjan
  6. ^ Ingrid Trummer; Alexander Stollhof (2005), Bei uns in der Lofag.. - Erinnerungen an die Floridsdorfer Lokomotivfabrik – Wiens größten Industriebetrieb (PDF), EDITION VOLKSHOCHSCHULE, Verband Wiener Volksbildung und Volkshochschule Floridsdorf, ISBN 3-900799-67-9


  • Hughes, Hugh (1996). Indian Locomotives: Part 4 – 1941–1990. Harrow, Middlesex: The Continental Railway Circle. ISBN 0-9521655-1-1.
  • Marshall, Lawrence G (2009). Indian Broad Gauge Steam Remembered. East Harling, Norfolk: Taverner Publications. ISBN 9781901470154.

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