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JNR's steam locomotive C59 class

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C59 161 1969 Itozaki Station Kure line
As the successor to the C53 express passenger locomotive for trunk lines, 173 type C59 locomotives were built between 1941 and 1947 by Kisha-Seizo, Kawasaki, and Hitachi. The specifications of prewar and postwar models differed, and some parts were changed in terms of appearance too. They were used on the Tokaido and Sanyo Main Lines for limited express trains, but as the electrification of these lines progressed, they were moved to lines in the Kyushu and Tohoku regions. For use on lower grade tracks, 47 of them were converted to type C60. The last ones were used until 1970 on the Kure Line in Hiroshima Prefecture, which was a high grade railway track, high grade because of the presence of a naval base there before the war. Currently, a total of 4 trains are in static preservation (refers to locomotives that are preserved in a way that does not allow them to be immediately operated, and/or that are simply on display), at the Kyoto Railway Museum and at the Kyushu Railway Memorial Museum.

Data of C59 class
Whell arrangement 4-6-2 Heating Surface(m2) 241.30
Loco. Weight in Working Order(t) 80.25 Capacity of Boiler Water(m3) 7.80
Weight on Driving Wheels(t) 48.5 Loading Capacity of Water(m3) 25.0
Tender Weight in Working Order(t) 56.9 Loading Capacity of Coal(t) 10.0
Max Axle Weight(t) 16.17 Height of Boiler Cube center(mm) 2,530
Diameter of Driving Wheel(mm) 1,750 Length(mm) 21,360
Cylinder Dimensions(mm) 520X660 Height(mm) 3,980
Boiler Pressure(kg/cm2) 16.00 Length of Locomotive(mm) 13,045
Grate Area(m2) 3.27 Length of Tender(mm) 8,315
Gauge 1,067mm(3'6")

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