Class K2

A series of 11 4-6-2 locomotives built in 2 batches by Beyer-Peacock and Robert Stephenson. They had 8-wheel bogie tenders. 

The first 7 locomotives were supplied by Beyer-Peacock in 1927 for use on the East Coast line and they duly moved there when it opened the following year. They were essentially an improved version of the L class. Further improvement were made on the second batch supplied by Robert Stephenson in 1930. I have seen a report that several were sent to Siam by the Japanese during WWII but this is not recorded in Ramaer's book which "quotes" the full list. Since the East Coast line was dismantled by the Japanese it is quite likely that any locomotives at the northern end which had been captured would have been taken out across the border. It may be that Ramaer has only quoted those which were used on the Burma line, the K's being too heavy for that line. The first batch were all withdrawn in 1958/9, the second batch surviving to the late 60's/early 70's.

Below: in order FMSR 153, FMSR 158, FMSR 159 plus another unidentified K, FMSR 159 and FMSR 161. All 5 photographs reproduced with permission from the Stephenson Locomotive Society, they are thought to be from the H M le Fleming collection.

Class K2 542.01 at Seremban in the 1960s, J.A.Stanistreet.

Maker Number Date Original Railway / No MR No. Notes
Beyer-Peacock 6373 1927 F.M.S.R. 154 541.02
Beyer-Peacock 6374 1927 F.M.S.R. 157 541.05 Reportedly taken to Siam by Japanese.
Beyer-Peacock 6375 1927 F.M.S.R. 153 541.01 Reportedly taken to Siam by Japanese.
Beyer-Peacock 6376 1927 F.M.S.R. 155 541.03 Reportedly taken to Siam by Japanese.
Beyer-Peacock 6377 1927 F.M.S.R. 156 541.04
Beyer-Peacock 6378 1927 F.M.S.R. 158 541.06
Beyer-Peacock 6379 1927 F.M.S.R. 159 541.07
Robert Stephenson 4013 1929 F.M.S.R. 151 542.01 Reportedly taken to Siam by Japanese.
Robert Stephenson 4014 1929 F.M.S.R. 152 542.02 Reportedly taken to Siam by Japanese.
Robert Stephenson 4015 1929 F.M.S.R. 160 542.03 Reportedly taken to Siam by Japanese.
Robert Stephenson 4016 1929 F.M.S.R. 161 542.04

 

Leading particulars:
Wheel arrangement: 4-6-2 with 8-wheel bogie tender. Boiler pressure: 180 lbs, superheated.
Fire grate: 24.6 sq. feet. Heating surface: 1,445 (1,316)2 sq. feet.
Fuel capacity: 7 tons. Water capacity: 2,500 gallons.
Max. axle load: 12.75 tons. Fixed wheel-base: 9 feet 11 in.
Variable particulars:

Introduced

Class Numbers

Cylinders

(2)

Tractive

effort

Loco

weight

 Tender

weight

 Overall

length

1926

K1

(541)

153 - 159

541.01 - 541.07

17" x 24"

19,645

55.5

35.7875  56' 4"

1930

K2

(542)

151, 152, 160, 161

542.01 - 542.04

17" x 24"

19,645

57.3

35.7875 56' 4"

 

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