English Summary

On the occasion of the 150-anniverary of Machinefabriek “Breda” voorheen  Backer & Rueb a foundation that has secured its know how in locomotive construction as well as all its remaining heritage has been established under the name "The Backer & Rueb Experience". Its aim is not only to enlarge the heritage collection with the repatriation of remaining steamlocomotives from its former production but using also the digitalized archives and library as a knowledge center for (steam-) locomotive constructions. Its services therefore will be of great use to all enterprises who want to build replicas according to either existing or brand new designs.

as a renown steam locomotive builder at Breda in The Netherlands and an engineering consultancy for railway vehicles, BACKER & RUEB, during spring 2012 will announce that a replica for an inside cylinder “N.B.D.S. “Immingham” will be build.


Duke of Brabant”, the construction  of a GCR- “Immingham”-class based design replica with inside cylinders in The Netherlands.


In 1908 Beyer Peacock built six 4-6-0 express engines for the North- Brabant German Railway (N.B.D.S.), the smallest pre-grouping railway company in The Netherlands.

The design of these engines was based on the Great Central Railway “Immingham” Class, designed by J. Robinson. In spite of the  GCR-“Imminghams” these engines were equipped with inside cylinders and valve motion.

Two others of this class were built by Hohenzollern of Dusseldorf in Germany and matched with a four-axle tender and equipped with superheated boilers instead of the saturated examples built by Beyer Peacock . While serving in the  N.B.D.S.-era  all eight engines were painted in Nassau blue and therefore called the “Blue Brabants”


The Backer & Rueb Experience also managed to establish a good relationship with groups in the UK that have the intention to build ex- LNER- locomotives



The engine will be build by a team of professional locomotive designers, who were already involved in restoration or building replicas of ex- LNER-engines. The engine will be designed according to modern principles in steam locomotive engineering. Ultimately the locomotive will be intended for a maximum speed of 75 Mph.

A spin-off of the project is the development of the European EMTS- safety system for steam locomotives so the engine can run on most European tracks.

The outlook of the engine however will be that of the 1908 Beyer Peacock locomotives.


 After three years from the start of the project, it will be clear if a second locomotive can be built. That will possible be another blue N.B.D.S.-locomotive but this time of a 2-8-0 Hohenzollern design.

Assembling the locomotive will be made visible for the public at A superb location that also serves as a showcase for the dutch railwayvehicle- and Steelindustry

The locomotive will be named “Duke of Brabant”.