In general, the available tractive effort differed little from that of the Pacific, but the steam-raising ability was increased, giving more power at speed.The was best suited to high-speed running across flat terrain.
Since it was designed for the Paris-Saint Petersburg express, it was named the Baltic after the Baltic Sea, which was a logical extension of the naming convention that started with the in the United States of America, the J-1 of the New York Central Railroad, was built in 1927 to the railroad’s design by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO). 6402 reached 103.5 miles per hour (166.6 kilometres per hour) and, in 1936, the German class 05.002 reached 124.5 miles per hour (200.4 kilometres per hour).
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Since the type had fewer driving wheels than carrying wheels, a smaller percentage of the locomotive's weight contributed to traction, compared to other types.
Like the Pacific, it was well suited for high speed passenger trains, but not for starting heavy freight trains and slogging on long sustained grades, where more pairs of driving wheels are better.
Vasileostrovskaja, fermata del metrò che si trova Isola Vasil’evskij, è stata riaperta il 27 maggio 2016, dopo una completa ristrutturazione iniziata nel luglio 2015.