Russian Series Ob 0-4-0 (0-8-0) Steam Locomotive
Series OB 0-4-0 (0-8-0) Steam Locomotive »Ovechka«
The 0-4-0 (0-8-0) Series OB appeared in the early 20th century and was a typical representative of the old Russian school of locomotive construction.
From 1901-1928, no less than 4175, of countless versions, were built at Kolomna and several others Locomotive plants.
Although technically outdated by the new »Series E«, it more than rectified its nickname »Ovechka« (lamb) due to its robustness and reliability.
During the Great Patriotic War, the »Ovechka« excelled in many ways and on may occasions.
It played a prominent role during the industrial evacuation of late 1941 and also during the Stalingrad battle of late 1942 when it suceeded in delivering supplies to the front line even under the heaviest enemy fire.
And last not least, in its armoured version it became the steam engine of the well-known armoured trains.
Russian old style coupling
Note old style couplings
Note new style SA-3 couplings


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Last Updated: April 12, 2008