The China Railways SL6 (勝利6, Shènglì, "victory") class steam locomotive was a class of 4-6-2 superheated two-cylinder passenger steam locomotives operated by the China Railway. Originally built for the South Manchuria Railway (Mantetsu), the Manchukuo National Railway, the Central China Railway and the North China Transportation Company by several Japanese manufacturers between 1934 and 1940,[1] they were the most numerous class of steam passenger locomotive in China, with 422 eventually built.


Mantetsu パシロ25 (Pashiro-25)
Manchukuo National パシク5987 (Pashiku-5987)
North China Transport パシロ1532 (Pashiro-1532)

The "National Large Pashi", also called the "Duntu Pashi" (敦圖パシ), were ordered in 1933 for use on the newly opened Jingtu Line between Xinjing (Changchun) and Tumen and connecting to Hoeryeong in Korea.[1] A total of nineteen, classified "Pashi" (パシ) class, were built by Kawasaki, Kisha Seizō and Hitachi, fourteen for use on both express and ordinary passenger trains on the Jingtu Line, and five for use on the Haike (Keshan–Bei'an) and Taike lines (Tai'an–Keshan) at the same time. In September 1933 they were reclassified "Pashiku" (パシク) class.[1]

The "New National Large Pashi" was a variant of the earlier subclass which omitted the feedwater heater and had a smaller tender, in order to fit some of the shorter turntables in use by the Manchukuo National. A total of 125 units were built by Kawasaki, Hitachi, and Nippon Sharyō between 1937 and 1944.[1]

Needing to make up for the shortage of locomotives for ordinary passenger trains after the transfer of Pashii and Pashisa class locomotives to the Manchukuo National Railway, Mantetsu ordered fourteen locomotives similar to the Manchukuo National's "National Large Pashi" (國大パシ), also known as "Duntu Pashi" (敦圖パシ). The first twelve, designated Pashiro class, were built by Hitachi in 1934. Another eight came from Hitachi, Kawasaki and Mantetsu's Shahekou Works in 1936–1938, followed by 25 more from Kawasaki between 1940 and 1943.[1] These engines were an intermediate stage between the Pashishi and Pashiko classes. The Pashiko class had been the first Mantetsu class equipped with a combustion chamber firebox; the Pashiro class included this feature, and also was the first class of Mantetsu steam locomotives fitted with a feedwater heater. They also had the largest tenders of any Mantetsu steam locomotive.

Both the Mantetsu Pashiro class and the Manchukuo National Pashiku class locomotives were used for hauling the Asia Express between Xinjing and Harbin after the track was upgraded. They were also used on the "Kōa" and "Tairiku" limited express trains that travelled between Beijing and Busan, Korea, as well as for other regular express and ordinary passenger trains.

With the introduction of the unified classification system of 1938, the Mantetsu Pashiro class and the Manchukuo National and North China Transport Pashiku class locomotives were grouped together under the Pashiro designation.[1]

In 1938, twelve Manchukuo National Pashiku class engines (numbers 566–569 and 571–578, all of the "New Large" type) were transferred to North China Transport, and in 1941 North China Transport ordered another 57 identical units from Kawasaki, numbered 1533–1589.

In 1941, eight were built by Kawasaki for the Central China Railway, which designated them KC100 class, numbered KC1001 through KC1008.

The Chosen Government Railway operated 25 that it received on loan from the Manchukuo National.

Owner Class and numbers
Class and numbers
Builder Years Built Total Notes
Mantetsu パシロ900–パシロ911 パシロ1–パシロ12 Hitachi 1934 12
Mantetsu パシロ912–パシロ919 パシロ13–パシロ20 Hitachi, Kawasaki, Shahekou 1936–1938 8
Mantetsu - パシロ21–パシロ45 Kawasaki 1940–1943 25
Manchukuo National パシ800–パシ813 (to 9/33)
パシロ501–パシロ514 Kawasaki, Kisha Seizō, Hitachi 1933 14 "National Large Pashi" (國小パシ), for Jingtu Line
Manchukuo National パシ814–パシ818 (to 9/33)
パシロ515–パシロ519 Kawasaki, Kisha Seizō, Hitachi 1933 5 "National Large Pashi" (國小パシ), for Haike & Taike Lines
Manchukuo National パシク5969–パシク5999 パシロ520–パシロ550 Kawasaki, Kisha Seizō, Hitachi 1935–1937 31 "New National Large Pashi" (新國小パシ)
Manchukuo National パシク15900–パシク15914 パシロ551–パシロ565 Kawasaki, Nippon Sharyō, Hitachi 1937 15 "New National Large Pashi" (新國小パシ)
Manchukuo National パシク15915–パシク15918 パシロ566–パシロ569 (1st) Kawasaki, Nippon Sharyō 1937 4 "New National Large Pashi" (新國小パシ), to North China Traffic パシロ1501–パシロ1504
Manchukuo National パシク15919 パシロ570 Kawasaki 1937 1 "New National Large Pashi" (新國小パシ)
Manchukuo National パシク15920–パシク15927 パシロ571–パシロ578 (1st) Kawasaki, Nippon Sharyō, Hitachi 1937 8 "New National Large Pashi" (新國小パシ), to North China Traffic パシロ1505–パシロ1512
Manchukuo National - パシロ566–パシロ569 (2nd) Hitachi 1938 4 "New National Large Pashi" (新國小パシ), replaced transferred units
Manchukuo National - パシロ571–パシロ578 (2nd) Hitachi 1938 8 "New National Large Pashi" (新國小パシ), replaced transferred units
Manchukuo National - パシロ579–パシロ632 Hitachi, Kawasaki 1938–1944 54 "New National Large Pashi" (新國小パシ)
North China - パシロ1533–パシロ1589 Kawasaki 1941–1944 57 "New National Large Pashi" (新國小パシ)
Central China - KC1001–KC1008 Kawasaki 1941 8 "New National Large Pashi" (新國小パシ)
Total 254


China Railways SL6 (胜利6)


At the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War, a total of 272 Pashiro class locomotives were taken over by the Republic of China Railway - 177 from Mantetsu and the Manchukuo National, 69 from North China Transport, 8 from the Central China Railway, plus another 18 from other railways. After the establishment of the People's Republic and the creation of the current China Railway, these locomotives were designated class ㄆㄒ陸 (PX6) in 1951, and in 1959 they were renamed class SL6 (胜利, Shènglì, "victory") and numbered 301-572. In common with many steam classes, the cabside number often didn't include the suffix, so SL6 631 would have SL631 painted on the loco.[2]

Between 1956 and 1958, the China Railway's Sifang Locomotive Works in Qingdao built a further 151 units, numbered 601-750 and 771, passing over the numbers used by the SL7 (formerly Pashina) class locomotives. They were the mainstay of the China Railway's passenger transportation for many years, being used all over China including places as diverse as Nanning, Nanjing, Hailaer and Shizuishan. However, as the weight of passenger trains increased in the 1970s and 1980s, they were progressively relegated to secondary duties. By 1990, most of the survivors were concentrated in Manchuria, at Dashiqiao, Jilin and Baicheng depots, whilst at the other end of the country, a few remained in use at Chengdu. The final three, Sifang-built engines SL6 631, 635, and 680, remained in service at Jilin until 1991.

Korean State Railway 바시유 (Pasiyu) class

Of the 25 Pashiro-class locomotives which had been loaned to the Chosen Government Railway and were still in Korea at the end of the Pacific War likely all ended up with the Korean State Railway in North Korea, as no record of them being operated in South Korea exists. In the north, they were designated 바시유 (Pasiyu) class, and were likely retired by the end of the 1960s.


Class Specifications

(MNR Large Pashi)
(New MNR Large Pashi)
Builder Hitachi, Kawasaki, Shahekou Kawasaki, Hitachi, Nippon Sharyō, Kisha Seizō Kawasaki, Hitachi, Nippon Sharyō Sifang
Build date 1934–1943 1933 1936–1940 1956–1958
Driver diameter 1,750 mm (69 in) 1,750 mm (69 in) 1,750 mm (69 in) 1,750 mm (69 in)
Length 23,768 mm (935.7 in) 22,390 mm (881 in) 22,424 mm (882.8 in) 22,618 mm (890.5 in)
Width 3,074 mm (121.0 in) 3,074 mm (121.0 in) 3,074 mm (121.0 in)
Height 4,547 mm (179.0 in) 4,547 mm (179.0 in) 4,547 mm (179.0 in)
Loco Weight 102.03 t (100.42 long tons) 100.67 t (99.08 long tons) 100.67 t (99.08 long tons) 100.23 t (98.65 long tons)
Tender Weight 83.23 t (81.92 long tons) 71.00 t (69.88 long tons) 73.01 t (71.86 long tons) 72.34 t (71.20 long tons)
Adhesive weight 61.75 t (60.77 long tons) 62.21 t (61.23 long tons) 62.21 t (61.23 long tons) 62.21 t (61.23 long tons)
Valve gear Walschaerts Walschaerts Walschaerts Walschaerts
Tractive effort 144.0 kN (32,400 lbf) 142.99 kN (32,150 lbf) 142.99 kN (32,150 lbf) 165.5 kN (37,200 lbf)
Cylinder size 570 mm × 660 mm (22 in × 26 in) 570 mm × 660 mm (22 in × 26 in) 570 mm × 660 mm (22 in × 26 in) 570 mm × 660 mm (22 in × 26 in)
Boiler pressure 14.0 kgf/cm2 (199 psi) 14.0 kgf/cm2 (199 psi) 14.0 kgf/cm2 (199 psi) 14.0 kgf/cm2 (199 psi)
Firegrate area 4.82 m2 (51.9 sq ft) 4.82 m2 (51.9 sq ft) 4.82 m2 (51.9 sq ft) 4.84 m2 (52.1 sq ft)
Heating surface 266.80 m2 (2,871.8 sq ft) 266.80 m2 (2,871.8 sq ft) 266.80 m2 (2,871.8 sq ft)
Superheater area 67.20 m2 (723.3 sq ft) 67.20 m2 (723.3 sq ft) 67.20 m2 (723.3 sq ft)
Tube area 177.00 m2 (1,905.2 sq ft) 177.00 m2 (1,905.2 sq ft) 177.00 m2 (1,905.2 sq ft)
Firebox area 22.60 m2 (243.3 sq ft) 22.60 m2 (243.3 sq ft) 22.60 m2 (243.3 sq ft)
Small tubes
(Number x diameter)
125 x 51 mm (2.0 in) 125 x 51 mm (2.0 in) 125 x 51 mm (2.0 in)
Large tubes
(Number x diameter)
36 x 137 mm (5.4 in) 36 x 137 mm (5.4 in) 36 x 137 mm (5.4 in)
Water capacity 35.00 m3 (1,236 cu ft) 25.00 m3 (883 cu ft) 30.00 m3 (1,059 cu ft) 30.00 m3 (1,059 cu ft)
Fuel capacity 15.00 t (14.76 long tons) 17.00 t (16.73 long tons) 14.00 t (13.78 long tons) 14.00 t (13.78 long tons)
Operator South Manchuria Railway
China Railway
Manchukuo National Railway
China Railway
Manchukuo National Railway
North China Transport
Central China Railway
Chosen Government Railway
China Railway
China Railway
Numbers in class 45 19 190 151


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ichihara, Yoshizumi, 写真集南満洲鉄道 (South Manchuria Railway Photo Collection) pp. 118-119, 135, 1998 Seibundo Shinkosha Publishing Co. Ltd. (in Japanese)
  2. ^ a b c Duncan Cotterill, SL6 Class 4-6-2s, Railography
  3. ^ SL6 301 to SL6 771, Railography