New South Wales 90 class locomotive

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New South Wales 90 class
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90 class depart Moorandoo Sidings in 2001
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Electro-Motive Division, London, Ontario (9001–9031)
EDi Rail, Cardiff (9032–9035)
Model Electro-Motive Division GT46CWM
Build date 1994, 2005
Total produced 35
Specifications
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length 22 m (72 ft 2 in)
Locomotive weight 165 t (162 long tons; 182 short tons)
Fuel type Diesel
Prime mover EMD 16-710G3A
Alternator Electro-Motive Division AR11
Traction motors Electro-Motive Division D87ETR
Performance figures
Maximum speed 115 km/h (71 mph)
Power output 3,030 kW (4,060 hp)
Career
Operator(s) FreightCorp
Number in class 35
Number(s) 9001-9035
Current owner Pacific National
Disposition 35 in service

The 90 class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Electro-Motive Division, Canada for FreightCorp and EDi Rail, Cardiff for Pacific National. They only operate on Hunter Valley coal workings because they are the heaviest locomotives of the New South Wales network.

History[edit]

Ordered in July 1992 under a Ready Power contract along with the 82 class, the first batch of 31 were built by Electro-Motive Division in London, Ontario, Canada in 1994, while a second batch of four locomotives delivered in November 2005, were built by EDi Rail at Cardiff Workshops to the same specification.[1]

The 90 class are of a single ended cab design, with an almost identical cab layout to the 82 Class. They are restricted to the Hunter Valley line due to their weight. All passed to Pacific National when FreightCorp was privatised in February 2002.

A number of the class are named after Olympic Games athletes. The original batch retain FreightCorp livery with Pacific National decals, while the later four were delivered in Pacific National livery.[2][3]

Operations[edit]

Restricted to the Hunter Valley the 90 class operate on the Main Northern line as far as Muswellbrook, although they did operate to Dartbrook mine south of Aberdeen until it closed in 2006. From Muswellbrook the 90 class operate as far west as Ulan on the Gulgong line. They have also operated as far south as Eraring Power Station at Dora Creek.[4]

They usually double or triple head coal trains of up to 91 wagons, although they operated singularly on the Eraring Power Station services.[4] All are maintained at a depot built on Kooragang Island as part of the Ready Power deal that opened in June 1994.[4]

Out of the Hunter[edit]

Members of the class have visited the wheel lathe at Delec Locomotive Depot in Sydney and one was on display at Sydney Central for the 100th Anniversary of Clyde Engineering in 1998. To minimise weight they have operated light engine and with only a small amount of fuel.[4]

Status table[edit]

Locomotive Name Serial No Entered Service Livery
9001 Ernest Henry 1373/918266-3 May 94 FreightCorp
9002 Michael Wendon 1374/918266-2 May 94 FreightCorp
9003 Matthew Ryan 1375/918266-1 Aug 94 FreightCorp
9004 Kevin Nichols 1376/918266-4 May 94 FreightCorp
9005 Kevin Barry 1377/918266-5 May 94 FreightCorp
9006 Murray Rose 1378/918266-6 May 94 FreightCorp
9007 Dunc Gray 1379/918266-7 May 94 FreightCorp
9008 Ralph Doubell 1380/918266-8 Aug 94 FreightCorp
9009 Lionel Cox 1381/918266-9 Jul 94 FreightCorp
9010 John Devitt 1382/918266-10 Jul 94 FreightCorp
9011 Kevan Gosper 1383/918266-11 Jul 94 FreightCorp
9012 Neil Brooks/Peter Evans/
Mark Kerry/Mark Tonelli
1384/918266-12 Jun 94 FreightCorp
9013 Michael Diamond 1385/918266-13 Jun 94 FreightCorp
9014 Peter Antonie/Stephen Hawkins 1386/918266-14 Jul 94 FreightCorp
9015 Duncan Armstrong 1387/918266-15 Jul 94 FreightCorp
9016 Herb Elliott 1388/918266-16 Jul 94 FreightCorp
9017 Andrew Cooper/Nicholas Green/
Mike McKay/James Tomkins
1389/918266-17 Jun 94 FreightCorp
9018 John Konrads 1390/918266-18 Jul 94 FreightCorp
9019 Dean Lukin 1391/918266-19 Jul 94 FreightCorp
9020 Russell Mark 1392/918266-20 Jun 94 FreightCorp
9021 Ian O'Brien 1393/918266-21 Aug 94 FreightCorp
9022 Clint Robinson 1394/918266-22 Aug 94 FreightCorp
9023 Robert Windle 1395/918266-23 Oct 94 FreightCorp
9024 John Winter 1396/918266-24 Aug 94 FreightCorp
9025 Todd Woodbridge/Mark Woodforde 1397/918266-25 Aug 94 FreightCorp
9026 David Theile 1398/918266-26 Oct 94 FreightCorp
9027 - 1399/918266-27 Aug 94 FreightCorp
9028 - 1400/918266/28 Aug 94 FreightCorp
9029 - 1401/918266/29 Aug 94 FreightCorp
9030 Australian Men's Hockey Team 1402/918266-30 Aug 94 FreightCorp
9031 - 1403/918266/31 Aug 94 FreightCorp
9032 - 05-1692 Nov 05 Pacific National
9033 - 05-1693 Nov 05 Pacific National
9034 - 05-1694 Nov 05 Pacific National
9035 - 05-1695 Nov 05 Pacific National

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New loco contract signed" Railway Digest August 1992 page 289
  2. ^ 90 Class Railpage
  3. ^ 90 Class Vicsig,net
  4. ^ a b c d "The 90 class locomotives of NSW" Railway Digest May 1999 page 18