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The Railways of Lebanon, May 20th - 24th 2016
1050mm Gauge Locomotives

Thomas Kautzor writes of an often forgotten railway system, yet another victim of political instability in the region.

Together with Torsten Schneider, in May 2016 I visited Lebanon to look at what remains of the railway network. In 1961, the four lines in the country, were reorganized into the ‘Chemins de fer de l’Etat Libanais’ (CEL). For more details, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_transport_in_Lebanon.

There are over 100 pictures so the report has been subdivided as follows:


The following list shows those DHP 1050mm gauge locomotives allocated to CEL in 1961 and their present status:

Class/No
 CEL/DHP

Type

Builder

Constr. No.

Year

Weight (t.)

Notes

B 2"

0-6-2RT

SLM

1585

1904

44.2

B 6

0-6-2RT

SLM

846

1894

44.2

Rayak shed 5/16

B 7

0-6-2RT

SLM

847

1894

44.2

Rayak front of shed 5/16

B 8

0-6-2RT

SLM

848

1894

44.2

Beirut- St. Michel yard 5/16

B 10

0-6-2RT

SLM

986

1896

44.2

Beirut- St. Michel yard 5/16

B 12

0-6-2RT

SLM

1586

1904

44.2

Rayak next to shed 5/16

6 7 8 10 12

Six of DHP’s 13 B class rack-and-adhesion 0-6-2Ts were allocated to CEL, where they kept their initial numbers. No. 3-5 (SLM 843-5/1894) went to CFS in Syria, where they had their rack mechanisms removed and became No. 031.803-805. The other four had all been withdrawn before 1925.

A 31

0-8-2RT

SLM

1741

1906

56.5

Rayak behind shed 5/16

A 32

0-8-2RT

SLM

1742

1906

56.5

Saadnayel plinthed 5/16

A 33

0-8-2RT

SLM

1743

1906

56.5

Rayak shed 5/16

A 34

0-8-2RT

SLM

1744

1906

56.5

Rayak next to shed 5/16

A 35

0-8-2RT

SLM

1745

1906

56.5

Rayak in front of shed 5/16

A 36

0-8-2RT

SLM

1774

1906

56.5

Beirut-St. Michel yard 5/16

A 37

0-8-2RT

SLM

1775

1906

56.5

Beirut-St. Michel yard 5/16

The entire A class went to CEL and survives to this day.

31 32 33 34
35 36 37 37

E 103

0-6-0T

Tubize

874

1893

E 104

0-6-0T

Tubize

875

1893

E 107

0-6-0T

Tubize

878

1893

named MZERIB

E 108

0-6-0T

Tubize

879

1893

named HERMON

The eight E class locos had been ordered for DHP’s Hauran line from Damascus to Muzeirib. The above four locos survived WWI and made it into CEL ownership. Another loco of this class, thought to be No. 106, found itself at the terminus of the Hedjaz Railway in Madinah at the end of WWI. It was recently restored and is now on display at Tabuk station in Saudi Arabia.

201

4wDE

Moyse

1934

24.0

70 hp, Beirut-St. Michel shed 5/16

202

4wDE

Moyse

1934

24.0

70 hp, regauged to SG

203

4wDE

Moyse

1934

24.0

70 hp, regauged to SG

201

S-301

0-10-0RT

SLM

2966

1924

61.4

Rayak works (dism.) 5/16

S-302

0-10-0RT

SLM

2967

1924

61.4

Rayak shed 5/16

S-303

0-10-0RT

SLM

3123

1925

61.4

Beirut-St. Michel yard 5/16

S-304

0-10-0RT

SLM

3124

1925

61.4

Rayak works 5/16

S-305

0-10-0RT

SLM

3125

1925

61.4

Rayak next to shed 5/16

S-306

0-10-0RT

SLM

3720

1940

61.4

Rayak next to shed 5/16

S-307

0-10-0RT

SLM

3721

1940

61.4

Rayak shed 5/16

The entire S class went to CEL and survives to this day.

301 302 303 304 305 306 307

Prior to 1961, Damascus-based DHP adhesion-only locos worked into Rayak, as did Hedjaz Railway locos while the part of the HR in Syria was administrated by the DHP during the French mandate. From 1961 until the closure of the cross-border line, CEL locos would run to Serghaya to interchange with CFS.


Rob Dickinson

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