Built by Beyer Peacock & Co Ltd. At their Manchester works, the Garratt locomotive was delivered to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in 1911 and was put
into service on the 30th of June. It was assigned by the DHR as Class ‘D’ and given the running number 31. The locomotive was thought to have carried the
name ‘Highland Chief’ for a short period in the 1920s and was regularly seen working between Tindharia and Darjeeling. It finally earned its keep on the extension
lines hauling loads of 200 tons, and was eventually scrapped in 1954.
Technical specifications for the Darjeeling ‘D’ class Garratt.
Internal gas firing using our new ‘FG2’ type burner.
Outside framed 0-4-0+0-4-0 chassis’ with four double acting slide valve cylinders operated by simplified Walschaerts valve gear.
Water top-up system and water gauge.
Controls fitted as standard are: - steam regulator, safety valve, pressure gauge,
displacement lubricator, gas regulator and reversing gear.