Prior to The First World War the Locomotives in India were chiefly build to the British Engineering Standard Association (BESA) standards. Post war there was a need to upgrade the existing designs to develop more powerful locomotives that were also suite to burn inferior grade coal. A Locomotive standard committee was set up in 1924, which in consultation with BESA and other Railways initially developed 3 passenger and 2 goods locomotives, besides shunting locos. This class of locomotives was manufactured after 1927 and came to be known as Indian Railway Standard (IRS) class of locomotives. These locos were coded as 'X' for broad gauge and named as XA, XB, XC, XD.

The XE class locomotives were the largest unarticulated steam locomotives ever used on Indian Railways and they weighed close to 200 tons in working order. This loco has the largest grate area of 60 sq. feet and could do 30 miles an hour, a 2-8-2 wheel arrangement was provided to bring down the axle load, which stands at 22.5 tons per axle, when fully loaded.

The XE 3634 available at Rewari Steam Loco shed is of 1930 vintage, this locomotive was owned and operated by the Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board, in their Thermal Power Plant at Kobra, The loco was gifted to the Railways after it was decommissioned. It is the only surviving IRS class locomotive in India which is on steam. The Loco is named “ANGADH”, after the legendary mythological figure whose foot once planted firmly, could not be lifted by anyone. Enjoy the beauty of this majestic, vintage locomotive while at Rewari Steam Loco shed.

Technical Details
Valve Gear Walschaert's (laird type cross head)
Cylinders (Dia.) in inches 23.5
Boiler Barrel (length between tube plates) x Dia. 18’ 25/16" x 5’ 8”
Total Heating Surface (Tubes + Fire Box) 2787sq. ft.
Boiler Pressure 210 Ib/
Tractive Effort at 85% of Boiler Pressure 48086 Ibs.
Grate Area 47 Sq. ft.
Makers Vulcan Foundry UK. & WBC
Manufacture Year 1928-1930
Usage Heavy Freight Loads