Monday, February 11, 2019

Locomotives on cover from Croatia

Croatian Post issued set with two stamps with locomotives on 5.10.2018. On left stamp is Steam Locomotive No. 7,  built to pull light passenger and mixed trains at low railways. Small in terms of dimensions, but light and fast, the locomotive was simple to maintain. Locomotive no. 7 had flat steam valves, a Heusinger steering wheel and a lever handbrake. This type of a locomotive was built in the Orenstein and Koppel factories in Berlin Drewitz between 1923 and 1930. Today, the steam locomotive no. 7 can be seen at the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum in Zagreb. The locomotive's power is 44 kW (60 KSi), its length is 6380 mm, empty locomotive mass is 10 t, operating locomotive mass is 12 t, water tank is 2.5 m3, coal supply is 0.5 t, and the greatest permitted speed is 25 km/h.

On second stamp you can see Diesel-electrical Motor Train DEV I. The construction of the first aluminium train was instigated by Milan Holjevac, an engineer and the Director of Gradska željeznica Zagreb that was operating on the Samobor Railway from 1950. The train's drive was combined and realised with a four-stroke diesel motor with six cylinders of the FR type and the 140 KS power manufactured in the Famos factory in Sarajevo and electrical engine motor manufactured in the Končar factory in Zagreb. Due to its attractive appearance and aerodynamic shape, the aluminium trains got their popular nickname – Silver Arrows. Three years after the transport was abolished on the Samobor Railway, in 1983 all four aluminum train compositions were disassembled. Only one motor wagon in a very bad state managed to escape the scrap yard. Train length is 46.1 m, width is 2.5 m, height is 3.3 m, mass is 42.2 t, the greatest axle load bearing is 5.5 t, and the highest speed is 60 km/h

Thank you Maja!

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