Victorian Diesel Locomotives

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The B Class was the Victorian Railways’ first mainline diesel-electric locomotive, and worked all over Victoria, except on a number of lightly laid branch lines.
These units were built by the Clyde Engineering Company of Granville NSW, with the first of the class, B60, entering service in July 1952. In all, 26 such locomotives were built, with the last of the class, B85, being delivered in February 1954.

The locomotives were designated Model ML2 by Clyde Engineering, and featured a very attractive round-nose double-cab layout, with a General Motors 16-cylinder 567B engine making 1500HP available for traction.

The units could be found on almost any main line train on the broad gauge in Victoria, from heavy grain rakes to commuter passenger services, express freights, slow general goods, and even named passenger trains such as the Overland and Vinelander.

Progressively in the early 1980s, B60, B62, B66, B70, B71, B73, B77, B78, B79, B81 and B85 were all withdrawn from traffic, and rebuilt by Clyde Engineering at their Rosewater plant in Adelaide into A Class locomotives.

Apart from delivery runs and a short period when B60 was transferred to standard gauge in 1975 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Harold W. Clapp (a previous Commissioner of the Victorian Railways); in VR ownership, the class was only found working on the broad gauge. This however has changed in recent years following privatisation of the rail industry.

B74 (in restored Original VR Blue & Gold livery, owned by the Seymour Rail Heritage Centre) and B80 (in the Murraylander livery) have worked in NSW on the standard gauge at various times over the last handful of years. B80 spent considerable time with ATN Access working on its Riverina grain rake to Port Kembla, together with a period of hire to Lachlan Valley Rail Freight, where generally it worked between Newcastle and Sydney. B74 has also operated with ATN Access in the Riverina of NSW.
In 2004, B61, B65, B76 & B80 were sold by West Coast Rail (WCR) to Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia (CFCLA), following their withdrawal earlier that year due to bolster cracking issues. Southern Shorthaul Railroad’s Bendigo Workshop has been replacing the bolsters on these four locomotives, with B61 to re-enter service before the end of 2005, and B65, B76 and B80 to re-enter service in the first half of 2006. All four units should re-enter service on the standard gauge, and should see work in both Victoria and NSW.

B Class units have received many different liveries over the years. These include:
  • Original VR Blue & Gold livery with polished side numberplates (applied to all class members when introduced).
  • Modified VR Blue & Gold livery with black and white side numberplates, more gold around the cab side windows and the tops of the cab doors, together with a thinner gold stripe along the bottom of the body sides (applied to all class members from the late 1960s onwards).
  • VR Tangerine & Silver ‘Tea-cup’ livery (so called because of the shape of the silver logo), applied to B64, B68, B69, B74, B80, B81, B82, B83 & B84.
  • V/LINE all over Orange livery, applied to B84 only.
  • V/LINE Grey & Orange livery, applied to B61, B63, B64, B69, B74, B76, B80, B82, B83 & B84.
  • West Coast Rail Blue/Yellow/White livery, applied to B61 & B76.
  • West Coast Rail Blue austerity livery, applied to B65 only.
  • Murraylander Yellow/Silver/Red livery, applied to B80 only.
  • Southern Shorthaul Railroad Yellow & Black livery, applied to B61.
  • CFCLA Blue/Silver/Yellow livery, currently being applied to B76.

B65 and B80 will also receive repaints at SSR’s Bendigo workshop in the coming months, prior to re-entering service following upgrading work. The liveries of these two locomotives are yet to be determined.

Members of the B Class have essentially had 3 different styles of bogies over their life. When delivered, they featured fabricated bogies. Early in the life of the class, these bogies were replaced. Two different styles of cast bogies have been fitted to the class since then – ‘first pattern’ bogies and ‘second pattern’ bogies. The ‘second pattern’ bogies are also commonly known as ‘Flexi-coil’ bogies. It was not unusual for a class member to receive a different style of cast bogie each time it received a bogie changeout. In fact, an odd class member now and then could be seen with one of each type of cast bogie.
A number of body modifications have also been made to various B Class members.

The exhaust stacks on all class members were modified during the late 1960’s to a new arrangement (further apart), following the fitting of spark arrestors to the exhaust system. Commencing around the same time, the nose doors and fuel tank valances were also removed, and progressively this was carried out on the entire fleet. Many class members also had their single beam headlights changed to twin sealed-beam varieties, either with a black or light grey surround.

In the late 1980s, all remaining class members were fitted with side mirrors.

When B61 and B76 ended up in West Coast Rail ownership, a number of additional external modifications were undertaken. These included additional nose handrails and steps, fitting ditch lights and double marker lights to the No 1 End only, plating the staff exchangers over, and duplicating the Brake Pipe and Main Reservoir cocks and hoses at both ends. When B80 surfaced in the Murraylander livery, it had been fitted with ditch lights and double marker lights at both ends, together with plating the staff exchangers over, and duplicating the Brake Pipe and Main Reservoir cocks and hoses at both ends.

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The A Class locomotives were a complete rebuild of a number of Victorian Railways (VR) B Class locomotives. B73 was the first B Class locomotive selected for rebuilding, and in the first half of 1982 this unit was transferred to Clyde Engineering’s Rosewater facility in Adelaide for work to commence.

The rebuild program involved stripping the B Class units to a complete shell, and replacing the original GM 16-cylinder 567B engine with a new turbo-charged EMD 12-cylinder 645E3B engine, which would produce 2250HP available for traction. The original B Class D12 generator was replaced with an AR10 alternator, and EMD Dash-2 modular electrical equipment was added – the combined package resulting in an 18% increase in continuous tractive effort.

The first rebuilt locomotive, A73, entered traffic in May 1984, and the last rebuild, A81, in October 1985. It was originally intended to rebuild all 26 B Class locomotives into A Class units, but following a decision to extend the build program of the brand new N Class units then entering service, the number of A Class locomotives rebuilt was truncated at 11. The A Class locomotives retained their original B Class numbers – the products of the rebuilding program were A60 ‘Sir Harold Clapp’, A62, A66, A70, A71, A73, A77, A78, A79, A81 and A85.

At first, the A Class units were used almost exclusively on passenger services in Victoria, where their good acceleration and dynamic brake and quick turnaround times because of the double-cab arrangement made them ideal for such work.

With the introduction of the Sprinter railcars in the earlier 1990s, the class began to see more use on freight services. With the separation of services into V/Line Passenger and V/Line Freight in the mid 1990’s, the first four A Class units (A60, A62, A66 & A70) were allocated to passenger working, and the last seven A Class units to freight working (A71, A73, A77, A78, A79, A81 & A85). In 1999, V/Line Freight was sold off by the Victorian Government, and became Freight Victoria, followed a year or so later with another name change to Freight Australia.

Very occasionally a green and yellow Freight Australia A Class can be seen on passenger services, and a red/blue/white V/Line Passenger A Class on freight services – such workings generally occur to cover a failure or locomotive shortages due to traffic demands.
It is anticipated that the V/Line Passenger A Class units will be sold off some time in the next 24 months, as the new V/Locity railcars replace many loco-hauled passenger services once the Victorian Regional Fast Rail (RFR) infrastructure projects are completed.
A Class units have received a number of different liveries over the years. These include:
  • ‘V/LINE’ Orange & Grey livery, as the units entered service in 1984 & 1985 (A60, A62, A66, A70, A71, A73, A77, A78, A79, A81 & A85).
  • Australian Bicentenary Yellow & Green livery (A66 only).
  • ‘Olympics for Melbourne 1996’ Orange & Grey livery (A66 only).
  • ‘V/LINE FREIGHT’ Orange & Grey livery (A78 only).
  • ‘V/LINE’ Passenger Series 1 Red/Blue/White livery (A60, A62 and A70).
  • ‘FREIGHT VICTORIA’ Dark Green & Yellow livery, with white and green nose logos (A81 only).
  • ‘FREIGHT AUSTRALIA’ Dark Green & Yellow livery, with white nose logos (A77 only).
  • ‘FREIGHT AUSTRALIA’ Dark Green & Yellow livery, with green nose logos (A71, A73, A78, A79, A81 and A85).
  • ‘V/Line’ Passenger Series 2 Red/Blue/White livery, with newer style ‘V/Line’ logos (A60, A62 and A66).

Members of the A Class have had 2 different styles of bogies over their life. Class members have been fitted with either ‘first pattern’ cast bogies, or ‘second pattern’ (Flexicoil) cast bogies.

A small number of body modifications have also been made to various A Class members.

All class members had the cab side steps modified in the 1990s. Towards the end of its period painted in the Bicentenary livery, A66 had an additional handrail placed on each nose adjacent to the nose door. This handrail was removed a couple of years ago when the locomotive was repainted into the V/Line Passenger Series 2 livery. A60, A62, A66, A70 and A78 all have had the nose step and nose handrails duplicated on the driver’s side in recent years.
A62 has recently had its staff exchanger openings semi plated over.

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In the early 1980’s, the then Victorian Railways placed an order for 10 new N Class double-ended hood locomotives that were feature head-end power, in order to run the air-conditioning units on various locomotive passenger cars. Because of their body style, class members soon received the nickname ‘dog-bone’.
The locomotive order was placed with Clyde Engineering, and the units were to build at the old Martin & King facility on the northern outskirts of Melbourne at Somerton. Clyde Engineering designated the N Class as a Model JT22HC-2.

The locomotives were to be numbered N451 to N460. N451 was delivered in September 1985, whilst N460 was delivered in May 1986. These units were all delivered in the V/Line Orange and Grey livery.

Commencing in May 1984, V/Line commenced taking delivery of the first of its A Class locomotives, which were being rebuilt by Clyde Engineering from the B Class. It was originally intended to convert all 26 x B Class units into A Class locos, but a decision was made to curtail this rebuild program to 11 units, and in turn extend the N Class build contract by another 15 locomotives.

These additional 15 x N Class units were to be built using various prime components that were destined for the A Class project, and were assigned road numbers N460 to N475. N460 was delivered in July 1986, whilst N475 was delivered in July 1987.
Externally, the second build of N Class units were basically identical to the first, except the plating on the side of the frames was of a tread-plate material, rather than being smooth sided. Internally, where the first N Class build had EMD 12-645E3C engines fitted, the second series were fitted with EMD 12-645E3B engines that were originally destined for the A Class.

The N Class fleet has always worked exclusively on the broad gauge, and for a period they were quite common working between Melbourne and Adelaide on the Overland passenger services.

All 25 x N Class locomotives received names after rural Victorian cities. The various units were named as follows:
N451 City of Portland
N452 Rural City of Wodonga
N453 City of Albury
N454 City of Horsham
N455 City of Swan Hill
N456 City of Colac
N457 City of Mildura
N458 City of MaryboroughN459 City of Echuca
N460 City of Castlemaine
N461 City of Ararat
N462 City of Shepparton
N463 City of Bendigo
N464 City of Geelong
N465 City of Ballarat
N466 City of Warrnambool
N467 City of Stawell
N468 City of Bairnsdale
N469 City of Morwell
N470 City of Wangaratta
N471 City of Benalla
N472 City of Sale
N473 City of Warragul
N474 City of TraralgonN475 City of Moe

In terms of liveries, N451 and N461 to N475 were delivered in V/Line Orange and Grey livery, where the front ‘V/’ logo had a longer green line which went all the way up to the handrail below the windscreens. N452 to N460 were originally outshopped with a front ‘V/’ logos that had a shorter green line, ending a couple of inches below the handrails.

At the end of 1995, N452 and N471 became the first two N Class locomotives to be repainted into the V/Line Pass Series 1 livery, of red, blue and white. In all, 14 x N Class units would receive this livery – N451, N452, N453, N460, N463, N464, N465, N468, N469, N470, N471, N472, N473 & N474.
In late 2000, N455 became the first of its class to be repainted into the V/Line Pass Series 2 livery. This livery retained the same colours and general layout of the Series 1 livery, but the style of V/Line logo was changed, together with the layout of the stripes on the cowcatchers. The painting of N455 was followed by N461 and N466, and progressively all N Class units are receiving these repaints. Later V/Line Pass Series 2 repaints have received a different layout of the stripes on the cowcatchers, very similar to the V/Line Pass Series 1 livery.

In terms of external modifications to the class over the years, only minor changes have occurred. In the early 1990’s ditch lights were progressively fitted to the class. A few years ago, changes to the coupler lift bar arrangements were made, where it was changed to a coupler pin top lift set-up – as part of this work, additional steps and hand grabs were added to fronts of each unit. In recent years, many class members have also had the staff exchanger units removed. The following information is sourced from the Austrains


The Victorian Railways T class was introduced into service between August 1955 and March 1969 and displayed three distinctive bodystyles.
The first series consisted of twenty seven locomotives, numbered T 320 to T346, was known as the "Flat-top" T due to their distinctive body design.
The second series, which was slightly shorter than the first series, had a distinctive raised cab and was numbered from T347 to T359 and T361 to T366. The second bodystyle began entering service in June 1959.
As further T class entered service during the 1960s running changes took place to their appearance, resulting in T360 and T367 to T412, plus the 5 H class, being built with lower noses, to improve visibility when the loco was operating short end leading.
Similar locos also operated at the Fyansford (1 loco) and with BHP at Whyalla, SA (2 locos), though these were all 3ft 6in gauge, rather than the 5ft 3in of the Victorian Railways locos. The Fyansford loco was eventually sold to the VR after the Fyansford system closed in 1967 and was numbered (2nd) T 413 in September 1969. The first T 413 was renumbered H 1 on delivery in early 1969.
In VR days the T class hauled both Main and Branch line trains all over the Broad Gauge network, while after 1962 a number were transferred to the newly opened Standard Gauge line from Albury to Melbourne. During the 1980's the old Victorian Railways became V/Line, which meant a new livery for the surviving T class, and co-incident with repainting into the new V/Line Orange and Grey the second series received alterations to the valances along the edge of the footplate, substantially reducing the height of these items. During the early 1990s an number of third series T class were sold to Australian National, becoming their CK class, and they were repainted in AN's Green and Yellow livery.
Later on in the '90s V/Line's freight sector was privatised as Freight Victoria, (later Freight Australia) and many of the remaining T class have received FA Green. With privatisation causing great upheavals to traditional operating practices on Australia's railway, it is now possible to see T class operating in three states, Victoria, South Australia and NSW.
The following information is sourced from the Austrains Y CLASS LOCOMOTIVE

The Y class could be found on branch lines all around Victoria, as well as being used for shunting at many locations. Some of the class can be found as pilots at Dynon or Newport, or shunting carriages at Spencer Street.
A Y class has been used by APM at Maryvale and Traralgon. An interesting feature about this class is that they used GE traction motors recycled from early 'Dogbox' electric suburban rollingstock.
As well, some of the first batch had their entire bogies recycled from the 'Doggies'. Most now see use as shunters and pilots. Y115, 124, 134, 151, 152, and 169 are on standard gauge.
Y175 was re-geared to 96 km/h for the Commissioner's Train.