T class locomotives, also purchased from the PTCV, are used on special trains, and for shunting purposes.
Reliable and operationally flexible with their double-ended design, the B's were replaced from interstate traffic by the more powerful S class from 1957, and found their way onto a variety of intrastate passenger and freight trains, being regular performers on the Warrnambool line.
From 1983, 11 of the class were rebuilt into more powerful "A" class configuration, while the remaining units were gradually withdrawn.
After a period in storage, locomotives B61, 64, 65, 75, 76 and 80 were purchased by West Coast Railway, with 64 and 75 for spare parts only, and 65 for a possible heritage rebuild.
After cab soundproofing and a host of modernisations, B61 was returned to traffic in 1995, while sister unit B76 followed in May 1997. B80 is likely to be the next locomotive rebuild project.
Limited in intrastate used due to their single-cab design, the S's were not common on the Warrnambool line - they could usually be found in pairs hauling interstate freight and passengers. These units continued to haul Adelaide freight trains until their storage by the PTC. While several units were scrapped and some sold to preservationists, WCR successfully purchased 4 units, while another 4 (S301, 306, 307 and 310) were retained by the PTC, and today can be found operating out of the Geelong area.
Locomotives S300, S302 and S311 can be found hauling WCR passenger trains, while S312 is in storage awaiting rebuild.
West Coast Railway have representatives of the 'High Top' (T363) and 'Chop Nose' (T369) in use as shunting units, and for operation of special trains. As they are restricted to 100km/h, T class locomotives are not normally used on West Coast Railway passenger services.
|Builder||Clyde Engineering, Granville NSW|
|Built (Road Numbers)||1952 (B61, B64, B65)
1953 (B74, B76, B80)
|1957 (S300, S302)
1960 (S311, S312)
|Model||ML2||A7 (S300, S302)
|Continuous Tractive Effort||178kN
|Diesel Engine||GM EMD 16-567BC||GM EMD 16-567C||GM EMD 8-567CR|
|Main Generator||EMD D-12||EMD D-12||EMD D-25E|
|Min. Curve Radius||91.5m||91.5m||60.35m|
|Cooling Water Capacity||840L||795L||491L|
Back to Enthusiast Page