New South Wales 49 class locomotive

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New South Wales 49 class
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4908 when owned by 3801 Limited at Wagga Wagga in June 2006
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Clyde Engineering, Granville
Serial number 60-221 to 60-226
62-257 to 62-262
64-342 to 64-347
Build date 1960-64
Total produced 18
Specifications
UIC classification Co-Co
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Wheel diameter 40 in (1,016 mm)
Length Over headstocks:
46 ft 3 in (14.10 m),
Over coupler pulling faces:
50 ft 5 in (15.37 m)
Width 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Height 13 ft 9 in (4.19 m)
Axle load 13 long tons 6 cwt (29,800 lb or 13.5 t)
Locomotive weight 80 long tons 0 cwt (179,200 lb or 81.3 t)
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel capacity 690 imp gal (3,100 l; 830 US gal)
Lubricant capacity 108 imp gal (490 l; 130 US gal)
Coolant capacity 133 imp gal (600 l; 160 US gal)
Sandbox capacity 12 cu ft (0.34 m3)
Prime mover EMD 8-567C or 8-567CR
Engine RPM range 275-835
Engine type Two-stroke V8 diesel
Aspiration Roots blower
Generator Electro-Motive Division D25
Traction motors Electro-Motive Division D29, 6 of
Cylinders 8
Cylinder size 8.5 in × 10 in (216 mm × 254 mm)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 77 mph (124 km/h)
Power output Gross:
950 hp (710 kW),
For traction:
875 hp (650 kW)
Tractive effort Continuous:
37,200 lbf (165.47 kN)
at 6.3 mph (10.1 km/h)
Career
Operator(s) New South Wales Government Railways
Number in class 18
Number(s) 4901-4918
First run 29 September 1960
Preserved 4903, 4906, 4916, 4918
Disposition 6 in service, 4 preserved, 2 stored, 6 scrapped

The 49 class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville for the New South Wales Government Railways between 1960 and 1964.

History[edit]

4916 at Thirlmere in May 2010

The 49 class was ordered in three batches each of six locomotives. They entered service in the Western Region of New South Wales and hauled trains on all branchlines as well as mainlines west of Lithgow. They periodically travelled as far a field as Moree in the north-west and Cootamundra in the south-west.[1]

Between July and November 1989 the whole class was transferred to Delec Locomotive Depot in Sydney.[2][3] As well as metropolitan trip workings they were used on coal trains to Tahmoor on the Main South line.[4] In January 1994 they began to operate on the South Coast line to Bombo on ballast trains.[5]

In June 1994 the Manildra Group leased 4907 from FreightCorp for use at its Gunnedah mill.[6] Later in 1994 Manildra purchased 4907 along with 4913 and had them rebuilt by Clyde Engineering, Kelso with lower No.1 ends, the second being for use at their Manildra mill.[7][8] To haul infrastructure trains in Victoria during the Melbourne-Adelaide railway standard gauge conversion project, 4903, 4912 and 4916 were leased to National Rail in late 1994.[9]

In February 1995 the remaining examples still in service with FreightCorp were withdrawn.[10] Most were returned to traffic later in 1995[11] before again being withdrawn in July 1997.[12] In April 1998 4910 was leased for seven months to Northern Rivers Railroad hauling services between Grafton and Murwillumbah.[13]

By 1999 the 49s had begun to be sold with 3801 Limited, Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia, Consolidated Rail Leasing, Patrick Portlink and Southern Shorthaul Railroad among those to have operated them, with many having had more than one owner post FreightCorp.[1][14] Northern Rivers Railroad purchased a number, although none entered service. They were either resold or stripped for spares with the bogies off some used to regauge Queensland Railways 1502 class locomotives when converted to the 423 class.[15][16] Today a number remain in use with Consolidated Rail Leasing, Manildra Group and Southern Shorthaul Railroad.[17] Preserved examples are operated by the Lachlan Valley Railway, New South Wales Rail Transport Museum and 3801 Limited.

Status Table[edit]

NSW No Serial No Entered Service Current/Last Owner Livery Status Notes
4901 60-221 Sep 1960 Interail FreightCorp green & yellow Scrapped
4902 60-222 Oct 1960 Private owner FreightCorp green & yellow Stored, Seymour
4903 60-223 Nov 1960 Lachlan Valley Railway Patrick Portlink red, yellow & black Preserved, operational ex Patrick Portlink ex Interail
4904 60-224 Dec 1960 Southern Shorthaul Railroad SSR yellow & black Operational ex Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia KL80
4905 60-225 Feb 1961 Traction Engineering Traction Engineering orange Static, Seymour
4906 60-226 Mar 1961 Lachlan Valley Railway Patrick Portlink red, yellow & black Preserved, operational ex Patrick Portlink ex Interail
4907 62-257 Jun 1962 Manildra Group Manildra blue & yellow Operational renumbered MM01
4908 62-258 Jul 1962 Greentrains Greentrains green & yellow Operational ex 3801 Limited leased to Qube Logistics
4909 62-259 Jul 1962 Interail SRA candy Scrapped
4910 62-260 Aug 1962 Southern Shorthaul Railroad SSR yellow & black Operational ex Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia KL81
4911 62-261 Oct 1962 Consolidated Rail Leasing CRL yellow, red & black Operational ex Manildra Group
4912 62-262 Nov 1962 Interail SRA candy Scrapped
4913 64-342 Jun 1964 Manildra Group Manildra blue & yellow Operational renumbered MM02
4914 64-343 Jun 1964 Interail SRA candy Scrapped
4915 64-344 Jul 1964 State Rail Authority Tuscan Scrapped
4916 64-345 Aug 1964 New South Wales Rail Transport Museum SRA candy Preserved, operational
4917 64-346 Aug 1964 Southern Shorthaul Railroad SSR yellow & black Operational ex Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia KL82
4918 64-347 Sep 1964 3801 Limited Tuscan Preserved, operational

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 49 Class - 1960 Trackside 2012
  2. ^ "Motive Power Policies" Railway Digest September 1989 page 303
  3. ^ "49 Class" Railway Digest January 1990 page 17
  4. ^ "Tahmoor Coal" Railway Digest January 1990 page 15
  5. ^ "49 Class" Railway Digest March 1994 page 28
  6. ^ "49 Class" Railway Digest September 1994 page 45
  7. ^ "Manildra Group News: Locos and New Wagons" Railway Digest December 1994 page 7
  8. ^ Railway Digest May 1995 page 7
  9. ^ "The Melbourne - Adelaide Standard Gauge Project - An Update" Railway Digest February 1995 page 16
  10. ^ "49 Class Withdrawn" Railway Digest March 1995 page 12
  11. ^ "Rail Authorities Face Loco Shortage" Railway Digest December 1995 page 16
  12. ^ Railway Digest September 1997 page 33
  13. ^ Railway Digest August 1998 page 32
  14. ^ 49 Class Vicsig
  15. ^ 423 Class Railpage
  16. ^ 423 Class Vicsig
  17. ^ 49 Class Railpage

Further reading[edit]

  • New South Wales Rail System Locomotives. Sydney: Archives Section, State Rail Authority of New South Wales. 1984.