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WD Austerity 2-10-0, NS Class 5000

The War Department (WD) "Austerity" 2-10-0 is a type of heavy freight steam locomotive that was introduced during the Second World War in 1943.The Austerity 2-10-0 was based on the Austerity 2-8-0, and was designed to have interchangeable parts. It had the same power output as the 2-8-0 but a lighter axle load, making it suitable for secondary lines. Two batches were built by the North British Locomotive Company, the first batch of 100 introduced in 1943/1944 and the second batch of 50 in 1945. Their WD Nos were 73650–73799. After the war the Dutch government decided to purchase the now redundant engines and 103 passed ownership to NS numbering 5001-5103. Together with the 184 examples of the WD 2-8-0 kinclass they helped getting the devastated Dutch railway system going again. Traction transition was however in full swing en the class' working life was brief, the last 5000 ending service in 1952.

The preserverd example in the Dutch railway museum, WD 73755, NS5085, in Utrecht has the distinction of being the 1,000th locomotive being shipped to the war zone by the British Forces.


I bought a DJH kit via Being very busy at the time I forgot to make a set of detailed photos, as I am accustomed to. Even this general box photo was found on the internet ;-0