Diesel Locomotives

West Coast Railway passenger trains are hauled by B and S class locomotives, puchased from the Public Transport Corporation of Victoria. These durable and stylish locomotives were the pioneers of deisel traction in Australia - one could argue that their role as the pioneers of railway privatisation befits their long and distinguished histories.

T class locomotives, also purchased from the PTCV, are used on special trains, and for shunting purposes.

B Class

The first mainline diesel locomotives in Victoria, this class of 26 double-ended locomotives quickly asserted the superiority of diesel traction over steam. Indeed they quickly replaced the Spirit Of Progress "S" class steam locomotives, and mighty H220 "Heavy Harry", and severely limited the impact of the near-new R class.

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1983, 11 of the class were rebuilt into more powerful "A" class configuration, while the remaining units were gradually withdrawn.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.

S Class

These magnificent streamlined locomotives formed the backbone of Victoria's interstate traffic for 20 years, and were the pioneers of the Melbourne-Albury standard guage, hauling such trains as the Southern Aurora, and Spirit Of Progress.

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.

T Class

Three variants of the T class entered traffic in Victoria from 1955. Primarily a branchline locomotive, the T's proved to be a most versatile unit, and eventually 93 could be found in operation across Victoria. In the early 1980's, 13 of the earliest built units were rebuilt and equipped for Head End Power supply, becoming the P class. These locomotives generally operate on inter-urban trains using 'H' type carriages, some in 'push-pull' formation. Others can be found hauling freight trains, with the remaining T class units.

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.
Class B S T
No. 6 4 2
Builder Clyde Engineering, Granville NSW
Built (Road Numbers) 1952 (B61, B64, B65)
1953 (B74, B76, B80)
1957 (S300, S302)
1960 (S311, S312)
1962 (T363)
1965 (T369)
Model ML2 A7 (S300, S302)
A16C(S311,S312)
G8B
Wheel Arrangement Co-Co Co-Co Bo-Bo
Continuous Tractive Effort 178kN
@18km/h
212kN
@19.5km/h
135kN
@13km/h
Power Gross/Net 1190/1120kW 1450/1340kW 710/650kW
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
Traction Motors 
(Number)
D-27
(6)
D-37
(6)
D-29
(4)
Gear Ratio 59:18 59:18 63:14
Length 18452mm 18567.5mm 13386mm
Width 2972mm 2972mm 2870mm
Height 4267mm 4267mm 4248mm
Min. Curve Radius 91.5m 91.5m 60.35m
Fuel Capacity 4540L 6645L 3410L
Cooling Water Capacity 840L 795L 491L
Weight 123t 123t 70t
Axle Load 20.5t 20.5t 17.5t
Maximum Speed 133km/h 133km/h 100km/h

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