About Steam Engine 326 that is now displayed in the Netherlands Train Museum.
This engine was built by Beyer Peacock & Co. , Manchester, Great Britian for Dutch Railroads.
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There were 179 of this class built for use in the Netherlands.
The engine on display in the Dutch Railroad Museum was seriously damaged during World War II. In the 1950s it was, using blueprints and recovered photographs, fully restored.
The engine satisfied a 19th Century demand for more powerful and faster locomotives. The large driving wheels on this locomotive, typical of passenger locomotives, made the engine particularly well-suited for high-speed passenger travel.
The engine could travel 90 km/h.
Engines of this class were called Groto Groene – Big Green – because of the large wheels and metallic green color.
A unique feature about these locomotives built for the Dutch Railways is that the driver worked from the left side of the floor plate. That is because the rail company placed all its signals on the left side of the track.
When the Dutch Railways merged, the engines were modified so that the driver was located on the right side of the floor plate and signals were also moved to the right side of the track.
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Images Of Engine 326