Chemin de Fer Touristique du Rhin
|Running steam||030TB EMG||020 Henschel||020 Cockerill||020 Fives|
|In Restoration||SACM||020 Cockerill||GE4036||GE4032||Deutz Suisse||020 Decauville vapeur|
The 030TB130 & 134, ex T3 6130 & 6134 EL
The 030TB130 at the depot of Volgelsheim in july 2005 (Picture Sébastien Kieffer)
General characteristics of the locomotive:
Short presentation:The prussian 6100 are tank locomotives from prussian type T3, undergroup D30, equipped with two cylinders and from type single expansion engine without superheater. Their 3 axles are coupled and the valve gear is from type Walschaerts. They were equipped with the so-called Hardy and then reequipped with the well-known Westinghouse air brake after 1910.
The principal duty for which these locomotives were designed was the every day switch on the yard. A very important aspect of this use is the high reliability and the ease to use and repair. Most reliable and simple components had consequently to be used and the overall design was aimed to be the most economical and robust. The original design was the so-called "D22" dating back to 1882 and slightly modified to increase power output. No wonder that even before their production was ended, they were obsolete. But this was not a very important point from the point of view of the operator.
This simplicity and robustness
explain why they were much in demand from private short lines after
they were put out of operation from their first owner. Not less than 13
exemplars found so a 2nd life, essentially in Alsace and in the greater
History of the 130 & 134 before their restauration:Before nationalization of 1938, only #6125, 6130, 6132 and 6134 to 6137 are left from the former serie 6101 to 6141. And only 3 locomotives will find their way to the inventory of the SNCF: the 6125, 6130 & 6134 which became 030 TB 125, 130 & 134.
Our both locomotives belong to the series and subcategories D26, D27, D29 and D30, which were built between 1891 and 1900 and renumbered T3 after 1906. They belong to the subcategory D30 682 to 693. All these subcategories were compiled under the numbering T3 2073 to 2113 after 1906 and under the numbering T3 6101 to 6141 after 1912. In the following the locomotives will be appointed under this numbering.
A very old tradition of the Imperial Railways was to baptize all the locomotives. Consequently 6130 is named "Berthold" and 6134 has been named "Theodor".
From end of WWII to may 1950, 6130 is working for the luxembourg national operator CFL (Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois) wearing number 30.00. In this time 6134 is working in Strasbourg, shunting coal trains at the dedicated railway station. After this period it is sent back to Sarrebourg in the north of Alsace where its sister was working. Both were bought by the "Aciéries d'Audincourt" (Steelworks from Audincourt) in 1958 and served there until 1970, when the company filed for insolvency.
They were sold to a scrap dealer named "Vernerey" with another locomotive built by Henschel (which is not the one preserved by our association). In 1982 founding members of the CFTR found, bought and brought them to Cernay near Mulhouse, to the branch line that a company placed kindly at disposal.
Firebox and boiler of 6130 were in good condition (which is rare enough!) and this led to a fast restoration in comparison with 6134 which was highly rusty. There were also a lot a parts missing. However and despite this bad condition, decision was made to preserve and restore this locomotive too. In fact both machines were the most powerful locomotives from the association and essential for the operation of the touristic trains during summer time.
The certification body (in France it is the so-called "'APAVE") requests a decennial check (i.e. every 10 years). This check requires some months to disassemble, control and reassemble the whole locomotive. For this reason, every steam locomotive can't be operated for a longer time, sometimes for months (depending on how much time the volunteers have). During this extensive check of the one locomotive, the other one can run and operate the touristic train. So it's possible to show the public a 030 from the Imperial Railways in working condition without interruption. In many aspects this decision was the right one.
Notice: both engines are landmarked.
Career at the CFTR:
Pictures at the CFTR:
6132 at work in the suburb of Strasbourg during the 30's (Picture: Henri Fohanno, collection Raymond Floquet).
6130 stored on a branch line of Cernay not far from Mulhouse, in 1983. (Picture: Voies Ferrées No.17)
After its restoration, 6130 is seen at the railway station of Volgelsheim in 2005. (Picture: Sébastien Kieffer)
6134 at work in 2005. (Picture: Sébastien Kieffer)
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