Liberation Class

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Liberation class 2-8-0 locomotive
Tr202-19 Chabówka 2 (Nemo5576).jpg
Polish Tr202-19 in a heritage park in Chabówka.
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Vulcan Foundry (120),
Đuro Đaković (10)
Serial number VF 5357–5476
Build date 1946 (120), 1957–58 (10)
 • Whyte 2-8-0
 • UIC 1′D h2
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Driver dia. 4 ft 9 18 in (1.451 m)
Water cap 5,500 imp gal (25,000 l; 6,600 US gal)
Boiler pressure 232 psi (1.60 MPa)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 21.625 in × 28 in (549 mm × 711 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 45,200 lbf (201.1 kN)
  • CFL: 4701–4710
  • ČSD: 459.001–459.015
  • JŽ: 38.001–38.075
  • PKP: Tr202.1–Tr202.30

The Liberation Class was a class of 2-8-0 steam locomotives designed for heavy freight work in post-Second World War Europe. 120 were built by the Vulcan Foundry of Newton-le-Willows in 1946.


They shared some features[citation needed] with the earlier WD Austerity 2-8-0 and WD Austerity 2-10-0 which in turn had been based on the LMS Stanier Class 8F. They were however built to the continental loading gauge, but the design was intended to last, not a short-term kriegslok.


Ten went to Luxembourg and the rest to Eastern Europe. The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration distributed them as follows:


One liberation class locomotive remains in Krakow, Poland TR202-19 built in 1946.[1]


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