Prussian T 11

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Prussian T 11
DRG Class 74.0–3
PKP Class OKi 1
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Number(s) DRG 74 001–358
Quantity 470
Manufacturer Union, Borsig
Year(s) of manufacture 1903–1910
Retired 1974
Wheel arrangement 2-6-0T
Axle arrangement 1′C n2t
Type Pt 34.16
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length over buffers 11,190 mm (36 ft 8 12 in)
Height 4,200 mm (13 ft 9 38 in)
Wheelbase 3,850 mm (12 ft 7 58 in)
Overall wheelbase 6,350 mm (20 ft 10 in)
Service weight 62.3 tonnes (61.3 long tons; 68.7 short tons)
Adhesive weight 47.4 tonnes (46.7 long tons; 52.2 short tons)
Axle load 16.0 tonnes (15.7 long tons; 17.6 short tons)
Top speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Indicated Power 382 kW (519 PS; 512 hp)
Driving wheel diameter 1,500 mm (4 ft 11 in)
Leading wheel diameter 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Valve gear Outside Walschaerts (Heusinger)
No. of cylinders 2
Cylinder bore 480 mm (18 78 in)
Piston stroke 630 mm (25 in)
Boiler Overpressure 12 bar (1.20 MPa; 174 psi)
Heating tube length 4,000 mm (13 ft 1 12 in)
Grate area 1.73 m2 (18.6 sq ft)
Evaporative heating area 116.40 m2 (1,252.9 sq ft)
Water capacity 7,400 litres (1,600 imp gal; 2,000 US gal)
Fuel Coal: 2.5 m3 (88 cu ft)
Brakes Knorr compressed-air brake
Parking brake Exter counterweight brake

The Prussian Class T 11 were passenger tank locomotives produced between 1903 and 1910 in the service of the Prussian state railways for duties on the Berlin Stadtbahn.


470 engines of this type were procured between 1903 and 1910 for duties on the Berlin Stadtbahn. Like the superheated locomotive, the Prussian T 12, the T 11 evolved from the T 9.3 in order to replace the older, four-coupled tank engines. Construction of the T 11 was ceased in 1910 in favour of the more economical T 12.

In 1923, 16 engines were fitted with a superheater, but they retained their existing running numbers.

In 1925, the Deutsche Reichsbahn took over the 358 remaining locomotives as DRG Class 74.0–3, allocating them the numbers 74 001–358.

The locomotives were employed together with the T 12s especially on the Berlin Stadtbahn until its electrification in 1926–1933; as a result they had direction plates (Richtungsschilder) on their smokebox and coal tanks. But they were also used in suburban services for other cities such as Frankfurt, Hamburg and Altona.

At the end of World War II there were still 120 examples of these engines in service, 65 with the Deutsche Bundesbahn and 55 with the Deutsche Reichsbahn (GDR) in East Germany. The majority of T 11s were retired by 1960; but two engines (74 231 und 74 240) continued to work the Erfurt industrial railway until 1974.

Two locomotives have been preserved: 74 104 and 74 231. The former was left in Poland after the Second World War where this class was designated as PKP Class OKi1. The second was restored in 1998/99 in the Meiningen Steam Locomotive Works for the Minden Museum Railway and has been working since 2000. It is the former Hannover 7512.


All four axles of the locomotives – even the carrying axles – were more or less equally loaded with a hefty 16 tonnes. The carrying axle was linked to the first coupled axle via a Krauss-Helmholtz bogie. The axles were located in a plate frame, inside which a well tank was rivetted.

The first units had piston valves, the later ones slide valves. The riveted boiler barrel comprised two boiler shells and the smokebox was also rivetted. At the back of the boiler was the copper firebox. Two vacuum Dampfstrahlpumpen served as feed pumps.

For the brakes, there was, next to the smokebox a single-stage air pump, and in front of the carrying axle were one or two air reservoirs.

T 11 of the Lübeck-Büchen Railway[edit]

The Lübeck-Büchen Railway also placed nine T 11s in service between 1905 and 1908.

The four engines taken over by Deutsche Reichsbahn in 1938, with numbers 74 361 to 74 364, were however not the Prussian T 11 - that had already been retired or sold off by then - but the LBE's own special designs based that were more like the Prussian T 9.3 and which had been built in 1911/1912 by Linke-Hofmann in a batch of five. The drive resembled that of the T 11, apart from the smaller coupled wheels with a 1,400 mm diameter, whilst the boiler was smaller too. The last of these engines was not retired until 1951.

See also[edit]


  • Ebel, Jürgen U.; Wenzel, Hansjürgen (1995). Die Baureihe 74, Die Geschichte der preußischen T 11 und T 12. Freiburg: EK-Verlag. ISBN 3-88255-142-9. 

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