Class L

A series of 20 4-6-2 locomotives built by Kitson. They had 8-wheel bogie tenders.

  Ordered as a more powerful version of the P class to eliminate double-heading of express services, most of the class lasted almost to the end of steam, the final example being withdrawn in 1971 and donated to the National Museum. 

Below: 3 decades of preservation - 4 pictures taken in 1975, 1985, 1995 & 2005.

Below: Five photographs showing the locomotives in FMSR livery in the 1920s, the first is a works photograph and is followed by FMSR 217, two shots of FMSR 220 and FMSR 229. Photographs reproduced with permission from the Stephenson Locomotive Society, they are thought to be from the H M le Fleming collection.

Maker Number Date Original Railway / No MR No. Notes
Kitson 5300 6 Jan 1921 F.M.S.R. 214 531.01 Preserved, National Museum, Kuala Lumpur.
Kitson 5301 12 Jan 1921 F.M.S.R. 215 531.02
Kitson 5302 20 Jan 1921 F.M.S.R. 216 531.03 Taken to Burma line by Japanese in WWII.
Kitson 5303 20 Jan 1921 F.M.S.R. 217 531.04
Kitson 5304 27 Jan 1921 F.M.S.R. 218 531.05
Kitson 5305 31 Jan 1921 F.M.S.R. 219 531.06
Kitson 5306 4 Feb 1921 F.M.S.R. 220 531.07 Taken to Burma line by Japanese in WWII.
Kitson 5307 11 Feb 1921 F.M.S.R. 221 531.08
Kitson 5308 16 Feb 1921 F.M.S.R. 222 531.09 Taken to Burma line by Japanese in WWII.
Kitson 5309 24 Feb 1921 F.M.S.R. 223 531.10
Kitson 5310 24 Feb 1921 F.M.S.R. 224 531.11 Taken to Burma line by Japanese in WWII.
Kitson 5311 1 Mar 1921 F.M.S.R. 225 531.12
Kitson 5312 8 Mar 1921 F.M.S.R. 226 531.13
Kitson 5313 8 Mar 1921 F.M.S.R. 227 531.14
Kitson 5314 14 Mar 1921 F.M.S.R. 228 531.15
Kitson 5315 17 Mar 1921 F.M.S.R. 229 531.16 Taken to Burma line by Japanese in WWII.
Kitson 5316 21 Mar 1921 F.M.S.R. 230 531.17
Kitson 5317 25 Mar 1921 F.M.S.R. 231 531.18
Kitson 5318 31 Mar 1921 F.M.S.R. 232 531.19
Kitson 5319 26 Apr 1921 F.M.S.R. 233 531.20

Dates quoted above are Kitson test dates.

Leading particulars:
Wheel arrangement: 4-6-2 with 8-wheel bogie tender. Boiler pressure: 180 lbs, superheated.
Fire grate: 24.3 sq. feet. Heating surface: 1,485 sq. feet.
Fuel capacity: 6 tons 1cwt. Water capacity: 2,500 gallons.
Max. axle load: 12 tons. Fixed wheel-base: 9 feet 5 in..
Variable particulars:

Introduced

Class Numbers

Cylinders

(2)

Tractive

effort

Loco

weight

 Tender

weight

 Overall

length

1921

L

(531)

214 - 233

531.01 - 531.20

17" x 24"

19,645

55.65

32.8  56' 4"

 

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