The Valdikavkazskaya Railway introduced the E class in 1912. Adopted as a standard freight engine, many variants were constructed, including E, Em, Eu and Er.
Production continued throughout the First World war and all through the Soviet era until 1957. E class locos were built not only in Russia, but examples were imported from other countries including Czechoslovakia, Germany, Sweden, Hungary and Poland.
Total construction for Soviet Railways (SZD) amounted to about 10,700, however, once examples built for industrial use are included, the final production total reaches around 11,000.
A youtube video featuring a Russian Er locomotive in steam:
- Locomotive Profile: Russian ‘E’ class at flickr
- Em 0-10-0 history and pictures at o5m6.de
- Loco-profile of Russian ‘E’ class 0-10-0 at Jan Ford’s World
- Ukraine visit including driving an E at Jan Ford’s World
- PAROVOZY – Volume 1 : RUSSIAN AND SOVIET STEAM LOCOMOTIVES
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