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VR Class Tk3


VR Class Tk3

VR Class Tk3
Tk3 with wood chimney
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Tampella, Lokomo and Frichs
Build date 1927–1953
Total produced 161
AAR wheel arr. 2-8-0
Gauge 1,524 mm (5 ft)
Driver diameter 1,270 mm (4 ft 2 in)
Length 16 m (52 ft 6 in)
Locomotive weight 51.8 tonnes (51.0 long tons; 57.1 short tons)
Boiler pressure 14 bar
Cylinders Two, outside
Performance figures
Maximum speed 60 km/h (37 mph)
Tractive effort 94 kN (21,130 lbf)
Operator(s) VR
First run 1927
Withdrawn 1975
Disposition five restored, many others preserved

The Finnish VR Class Tk3 (original classification 'K5') was a 2-8-0 light freight locomotive. It was the most numerous steam locomotive class in Finland with 161 built. 100 locomotives were constructed between 1927 and 1930,[1] with a further 61 ordered and constructed 1943 - 1953.[2] They were numbered 800-899,1100-1118,1129-1170.

They were designed for a low axle load of just 10.7 tonnes. This allowed them to operate on lightly laid secondary lines, but during their many years of service, up to the end of the steam era, they were also widely used on main lines hauling slow passenger trains that had frequent stops.

They were affectionately called "Pikku-Jumbo" (The Little Jumbo) because of their good performance despite their low weight. They had a low fuel consumption (usually Tk3s used birch wood) and good riding characteristics. They also had good steaming characteristics and were very popular among locomotive crews.

The livery of Tk3 was the same as other VR steam locomotives: dark locomotive green with a black smokebox. When new some locos were lined with thin gold decoration. The gold decorations were not repainted during maintenance, so they were seldom seen.

Two Tk3-type engines were originally supplied by Tampella to Rauma Rautatie as Nos. 9 and 10 (ex-No.8) in 1935 and 1927 respectively. These engines became Tk3 1117 and 1118 after the private railway was absorbed by the State network in 1950.[1]


  • Preservation 1
  • Gallery 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Literature 5


The following are preserved



See also


  1. ^ a b Katajisto, Juhani. (1985). Eilispäivän kulkuneuvoja. p. 42. Hämeenlinna:Tietoteos. ISBN 951-9035-79-6.
  2. ^ Sakari K. Salo:Höyryveturikirja, ISBN 978-952-5805-12-3
  3. ^ Branch Line News (Branch Line Society) 1183: MR78. 27 April 2013.  


Valtionrautatiet 1937-1962, Helsinki 1962

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