Alf on display in one of the exhibition halls at Hamar Railway Museum. It was taken out of service in 1923 after having spent most of its life on various sections of the Hamar—Trondheim railway.
Alf and his class-mates were well suited to running short local trains of the type that would later be run by rail-motors. As an example of such a service, Alf was used on the Trondheim—Selsbak local trains for some yeas from 1905.
Alf's maximum axle load was only 6.2 tonnes. The driving wheels are 1,143 mm in diameter, and the cylinders have a bore of 240 mm and stroke of 381 mm. It can carry 300 kg of coal and 900 litres of water. The maximum permitted speed was 45 km/h in both directions.
The overall length is 7,189 mm; the coupled wheelbase is 2,057mm, and the total wheelbase 3,886 mm.
Due to confined space Alf is extremely challenging to photograph in side view. This photograph was taken with a zoom fisheye lens, and subsequently de-fished using computer software. This explains some distortion in the image.
Alf retained its characteristic Beyer Peacock sloping front smokebox door throughout his life.
Huge kerosene headlights and diamond spark-arrestors were a feature of Norwegian steam locomotives for many years.
A close-up view of Alf's cab.
Alf's nameplate. All six of the Type III's were named, the others were Tjalve, Røskva, Mode, Magne, and Eivind.
Alf's builder's plate.
Alf gives the impression that it has been preserved in the condition it was in when in operation, and looking at Alf I had the feeling that he would love to be unleashed on a train again ...
All photographs Copyright Frank Stamford, 2010, who may be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: 27 December 2010