Hugin on display in the station lobby at Stavanger, Norway. It has been on display here since 1973. It is completely protected from the weather and accesible to all who use the station.
Hugin first went into service in July 1883 on the Bergen - Voss railway. In 1904 it was transferred to Stavanger when the Flekkefjord line was opened.
With a full load of coal and water Hugin weighs 18.4 tonnes. Its maximum axle load was only 7.8 tonnes. The driving wheels are 1,150 mm in diameter, and the cylinders have a bore of 279 mm and stroke of 457 mm. It can carry 500 kg of coal and 1,400 litres of water. The maximum permitted speed was 55 km/h in both directions.
The overall length is 7,088 mm; width is 2,230 mm, and height to top of smokestack 3,140 mm.
The name Hugin is from Norwegian mythology. Hugin and Munin were ravens who travelled the world bringing back news and information to the god Odin. Odin is the equivalent of the Anglo-Saxon Woden. Many, but not all of the Norwegian 3 ft 6 in gauge locomotives were given names. (An excellent practice, I cannot help feeling any self-respecting steam locomotive would perform better if graced with a name!)
An early type of air-brake pump as fitted to Hugin.
The maker's plate on the air-brake pump. Luftdruckbremse is German for air-pressure brake.
General view of the station lobby showing Hugin.
The copper-topped smokestack and kerosene headlamp of Hugin.
All photographs Copyright Frank Stamford, 2008, who may be contacted by email at: email@example.com
Last updated: 28 December 2010