DSER 15 and 16

Dublin & South Eastern Railway
15 and 16

GSR 461 at MacDonagh station, Kilkenny, in March 2015.
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer G. H. Wild
Builder Beyer, Peacock & Co.
Order number 02160
Serial number 6112–6113
Build date 1922
Total produced 2
Configuration 2-6-0
UIC class 1'C h2
Gauge 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm)
Leading dia. 3 ft 0 in (0.914 m)
Driver dia. 5 ft 1 in (1.549 m)
Axle load 15 long tons 1 cwt (33,700 lb or 15.3 t)
Adhesive weight 43 long tons 9 cwt (97,300 lb or 44.1 t)
Loco weight 50 long tons 1 cwt (112,100 lb or 50.9 t)
Tender weight 32 long tons 10 cwt (72,800 lb or 33 t)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 5 long tons 0 cwt (11,200 lb or 5.1 t)
Water cap 2,600 imperial gallons (12,000 l; 3,100 US gal)
  Firegrate area
20 sq ft (1.9 m2)
Boiler pressure 175 lbf/in2 (1.21 MPa)
Heating surface:
  Tubes and flues
952 sq ft (88.4 m2)
  Firebox 134 sq ft (12.4 m2)
  Heating area 164 sq ft (15.2 m2)
Cylinders Two, inside
Cylinder size 19 in × 26 in (483 mm × 660 mm)
Valve type 8 in (203 mm) piston valves
Performance figures
Tractive effort 22,890 lbf (101.82 kN)
  • DSR: None
  • GSR/CIÉ: 461 or K2
  • DSER: 15–16
  • GSR: 461–462
Withdrawn 1965, 1963
Preserved One: No. 15 / 461
Current owner Railway Preservation Society of Ireland
Disposition One preserved, one scrapped

The Dublin and South Eastern Railway 15 and 16 were a pair of 2-6-0 steam locomotives which were built for the heavy goods (freight) traffic on the Dublin to Wexford main line of the Dublin and South Eastern Railway (DSER). The two locomotives were built by Beyer, Peacock and Company at their Gorton Foundry in Manchester.

On account of the risk of damage when new (during the Irish Civil War period of 1921–1922), both examples were initially sent to Belfast for safekeeping. They were stored by the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) at Adelaide yard until 1923, when they were returned to the DSER. The locos were withdrawn in the early 1960s.[1]

In 1925, the DSER was absorbed into the Great Southern Railways and the two locomotives were renumbered 461 and 462, and placed in Class 461 or Class K2.


Originally said to have been painted green, although the DSER's standard livery was lined black, on becoming part of the GSR, they were painted in the standard livery of unlined dark battleship grey which they retained until withdrawal.

Following withdrawal, 461 was repainted into a livery based on lined DSER black for display, while still owned by CIÉ. Under the RPSI, she was initially painted plain black with a 'flying snail', but more recently she has been outshopped in an unprototypical CIÉ lined green livery upon completion of her overhaul in 2011.


461 at Bangor in 2013

Locomotive 461 was initially preserved by CIÉ in 1967, one of several engines to be put on display at various railway stations around Ireland following an appeal by the Irish Railway Record Society. Other locomotives put on display by CIÉ included ex-GNR 131 and ex-GSWR No. 90. No. 461 featured at Waterford.

After being moved several times following display, 461 was presented by CIÉ to the RPSI in 1977.[2] An extensive overhaul followed at Whitehead and the locomotive returned to traffic in late 1990. The locomotive completed an overhaul in 2011 at the RPSI's Whitehead base and is now in regular operation in the Dublin area.[3] Locomotive No.461 has appeared in theatrical film releases such as Michael Collins, Nora, and Angela's Ashes.[4] She is a unique example of DSER-built rolling stock in preservation.

See also


  1. "DUBLIN & SOUTH EASTERN RAILWAY K2 (GSR CLASSIFICATION) 2-6-0 No. 461". Railway Preservation Society of Ireland. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  2. "FILM CONTRACTS". Railway Preservation Society of Ireland. Retrieved 2009-01-14.

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