WD Class

A series of 96 2-8-2 locomotives built in several batches by 5 manufacturers. They had 8-wheel bogie tenders.

 

These locomotives, known as "MacArthurs", were built in large numbers during World War 2 for the United States Army Transportation Corps and were shipped to many parts of the world as the allies regained control. Large numbers were sent to India and many of these were in kit form. Following the Japanese surrender 96 were shipped into Malaya via Port Swettenham, either complete or in kit form. Those in kit form were taken to Sentul for final assembly. All originally had USATC numbers. Within weeks many of them started to find their way into Siam (later Thailand) as former FMSR locomotives which had been taken there by the Japanese were returned. By early 1946 28 were sold to FMSR in Malaya and were classified as 90 class, being numbered 901.01 through 901.28. In 1948 and 1949, 16 of these were sold on to Tanganyika, being later taken over by East African Railways. The remaining 68 became the property of RSR in 1946/47 as numbers 380-447. Many of these locomotives survived until the end of steam in the 1970s. Five RSR examples were donated to Cambodia in 1973 (386, 388, 408, 411 & 435).

Above: 901.12 shunting at Kuala Krai in the 1960s. J.A.Stanistreet.

Manufacturer

Works
number

Year
built

Number

FMSR
number

Notes

Alco

70498

1943

USATC 164

 

ex-?, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 394, later 400

Alco

70499

1943

USATC 165

 

ex WD, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 426

Alco

70702

1943

USATC 170

 

ex BBCI 917, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 409

Alco

70509

1943

USATC 185

 

ex BAR 35, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 395, later 419

Alco

70689

1943

USATC 257

 

ex BAR 947, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 403

Alco

70694

1943

USATC 262

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 399, later 420

Alco

70718

1943

USATC 286

 

ex BAR 954, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 405

Alco

70726

1943

USATC 294

 

ex WD, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 416

Alco

70737

1943

USATC 305

 

ex BAR 78, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 402

Baldwin

69744

1943

USATC 319

 

ex BAR 806, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 427

Baldwin

69754

1943

USATC 329

 

ex WD 75, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 429

Baldwin

69758

1943

USATC 333

 

ex BAR 862, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 423

Baldwin

69764

1943

USATC 339

 

ex BAR 824, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 424

Davenport

2555

1943

USATC 351

 

ex BAR 94, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 401

Davenport

2568

1943

USATC 367

901.25

 

Vulcan ironworks

4520

1943

USATC 390

 

ex BAR 1010, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 428

Porter

7641

1943

USATC 399

901.26

to Tanganyika 1949, became EAR 2715 in 1949

Porter

7622

1943

USATC 405

 

ex BAR 920, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 415

Porter

7625

1943

USATC 408

 

ex WD 89, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 413

Alco

70895

1943

USATC 423

 

ex BAR 819, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 396, later 417

Alco

70901

1943

USATC 429

 

ex BAR 868, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 425

Alco

70943

1943

USATC 471

 

ex BAR 852, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 398, later 421

Alco

71026

1943

USATC 491

 

ex BAR 857, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 410

Alco

71027

1943

USATC 492

 

ex BAR 96, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 404

Baldwin

69892

1943

USATC 530

 

ex BAR 989, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 414

Alco

71340

1943

USATC 546

 

ex BAR 971, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 422

Alco

71341

1943

USATC 547

 

ex BAR 912, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 408

Alco

71342

1944

USATC 548

 

ex BAR 973, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 411

Alco

71343

1944

USATC 549

 

ex BAR 974, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 406

Alco

71355

1943

USATC 561

901.28

to Tanganyika 1949, became EAR 2716 in 1949

Alco

71380

1944

USATC 586

901.01

to Tanganyika 1949, became EAR 2709 in 1949

Alco

71381

1944

USATC 587

901.02

to Tanganyika 1948, became EAR 2701 in 1949

Alco

71390

1944

USATC 596

 

ex BAR 1035, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 407

Alco

71391

1944

USATC 597

901.03

to Tanganyika 1948, became EAR 2702 in 1949

Alco

71393

1944

USATC 599

901.04

ex India, to Tanganyika 1948 as MR802, became EAR 2703 in 1949

Alco

71401

1944

USATC 607

901.27

 

Alco

71402

1944

USATC 608

 

to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 391

Alco

71403

1944

USATC 609

 

to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 417, later 398

Alco

71404

1944

USATC 610

 

to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 393

Alco

71405

1944

USATC 611

 

to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 399

Alco

71406

1944

USATC 612

 

to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 396

Alco

71407

1944

USATC 613

 

to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 400, later 394

Alco

71408

1944

USATC 614

 

to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 390

Alco

73070

1945

USATC 629

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 438

Alco

73071

1945

USATC 630

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 439

Alco

73077

1945

USATC 636

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 445

Baldwin

70205

1944

USATC 679

901.05

 

Baldwin

70206

1944

USATC 680

901.06

to Tanganyika 1949, became EAR 2710 in 1949

Baldwin

70208

1944

USATC 682

901.07

ex India, to Tanganyika 1949, became EAR 2711 in 1949

Baldwin

70209

1944

USATC 683

901.08

withdrawn 7/1947

Baldwin

70210

1944

USATC 684

901.09

 

Baldwin

70213

1944

USATC 687

 

to Thailand in 1946 as RSR 384

Baldwin

70215

1944

USATC 689

 

to Thailand in 1946 as RSR 386

Baldwin

70224

1944

USATC 698

 

ex BAR 1084, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 412

Baldwin

70227

1944

USATC 701

 

ex BAR 1047, landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 393, later 418

Baldwin

70237

1944

USATC 711

 

to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 397

Baldwin

70243

1944

USATC 717

901.10

ex India, to Tanganyika 1948 as MR803, became EAR 2704 in 1949

Baldwin

70244

1944

USATC 718

901.11

 

Baldwin

70245

1944

USATC 719

 

to Thailand in 1946 as RSR 383

Baldwin

70246

1944

USATC 720

 

to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 388

Baldwin

70247

1944

USATC 721

901.12

previously in India

Baldwin

70248

1944

USATC 722

901.13

to Tanganyika 1948, became EAR 2705 in 1949

Baldwin

70254

1944

USATC 728

 

to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 389

Baldwin

70255

1944

USATC 729

 

to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 392

Baldwin

70256

1944

USATC 730

901.14

to Tanganyika 1948, became EAR 2706 in 1949

Baldwin

70257

1944

USATC 731

901.15

to Tanganyika 1949, became EAR 2712 in 1949

Baldwin

70258

1944

USATC 732

 

to Thailand in 1946 as RSR 380

Baldwin

70263

1944

USATC 737

901.16

to Tanganyika 1949, became EAR 2713 in 1949

Baldwin

70264

1944

USATC 738

901.17

to Tanganyika 1949, became EAR 2714 in 1949

Baldwin

70265

1944

USATC 739

901.18

 

Baldwin

70266

1944

USATC 740

901.19

 

Baldwin

70267

1944

USATC 741

 

to Thailand in 1946 as RSR 382

Baldwin

70259

1944

USATC 743

 

to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 395

Baldwin

70280

1944

USATC 754

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 441

Baldwin

70281

1944

USATC 755

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 433

Baldwin

70282

1944

USATC 756

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 440

Baldwin

70283

1944

USATC 757

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 443

Baldwin

70284

1944

USATC 758

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 437

Baldwin

80285

1944

USATC 759

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 435

Baldwin

70286

1944

USATC 760

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 447

Baldwin

70287

1944

USATC 761

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 434

Baldwin

70288

1944

USATC 762

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 444

Baldwin

70289

1944

USATC 763

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 432

Davenport

2688

1944

USATC 829

 

to Thailand in 1946 as RSR 385

Davenport

2694

1944

USATC 835

 

to Thailand in 1946 as RSR 381

Davenport

2695

1944

USATC 836

 

to Thailand in 1946 as RSR 387

Davenport

2696

1944

USATC 837

901.20

 

Davenport

2697

1944

USATC 838

901.21

 

Davenport

2698

1944

USATC 839

901.22

to Tanganyika 1948, became EAR 2707 in 1949

Davenport

2699

1944

USATC 840

901.23

to Tanganyika 1948, became EAR 2708 in 1949

Davenport

2700

1944

USATC 841

901.24

 

Baldwin

71421

1945

USATC 4301

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 430

Baldwin

71422

1945

USATC 4302

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 442

Baldwin

71423

1945

USATC 4303

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 436

Baldwin

71424

1945

USATC 4304

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 431

Baldwin

71425

1945

USATC 4305

 

landed in Malaya for onward delivery to Thailand in 1947 as RSR 446

 

 

Leading particulars:
Wheel arrangement: 2-8-2 with 8-wheel bogie tender. Boiler pressure: 185 lbs, superheated.
Fire grate: 27.6 sq. ft. Heating surface: 1,001 sq. ft.
Fuel capacity: 8 tons. Water capacity: 4,168 gallons.
Max. axle load: 9 tons. Fixed wheel-base: 13 ft 6 in.
Driving wheels: 4ft 0in. Tractive effort: 20,100 lbs.
Cylinders: 16in x 24in. Weight in w/o: 52 tons 9 cwt.

 

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