19 July 2009

FMSR Class M

Origin - FMSR
Builder - Baldwin, USA
FMSR Class - M
Cylinder - 14 x 18 inches
FMSR Number range - 99-131, 234-236
Boiler Pressure - 160 psi
Driving Wheel Diameter - 37 inches
Water Capacity - 1,830 gallons
Introduced - 1920
Extinct - 1958
Weight Full - 53 tons
Tractive Effort - 12,257 lb

Supplied by Baldwin, reportedly for the construction department, and the engines later carried numbers in the "CD" series. Several were sent to Thailand during the war, and it is not clear how many were returned to Malaya.

Notes : Kra line (Tung Song - Kan Tang) is the southern part of the Burma - Siam Railway, north of the border with Malaya. 7 locos (122, 123, 125 & 127-130) were sent there by the Japanese army and 4 (122, 123, 125 & 130) were written off by FMSR in 1946. 122 was later repaired and was seen at Surat Thani on 31 Oct 1946 and shunting at Surat Ferry on 22 Apr 1947. It was derelict at Tung Song on 18 Oct 1949 and was officially sold to RSR in November 1951, who immediately sold it for scrap. 123, 125 and 130 were seen out of use on the Kra line in 1945 and derelict at Chumphorn on 18 Oct 1949. 128 & 129 were returned after the war and 127 was found in Kra in 1946 and returned to Prai where it was scrapped.

In addition to these 124 was destroyed during WWII, having reportedly been sent to Kra also. 126 was sold to the Nippon Mining Company in 1939 and reportedly used by the Japanese army on the East Coast line. FMSR re-acquired it after the war and used it to rebuilt the East Coast line until 1953. It was then overhauled and seen at Prai, later going to Singapore as shed pilot until withdrawal and scrapping in 1958.

122, 125 & 131 had all been fitted with vacuum brakes in 1924 and transferred to the main fleet as 99, 100 & 101 for eventual use on the Port Dickson branch, being renumbered 234, 235 & 236 around 1928 before being renumbered with the rest of the class in 1932. After WWII 131 was noted active at various points between Gemas and Prai until withdrawal in 1956.

KTM Class - 95
Original Railway No. & KTM No.

CD25 - 951.01
CD26 - 951.03
CD27
CD28 - 951.02
CD29 - 951.08
CD30 - 951.09
CD31 - 951.04
CD32 - 951.05
CD33 - 951.06
CD34 - 951.07


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