V/Line P class

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V/Line P class
V/Line P11 at Southern Cross in September 2010
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Clyde Engineering, Somerton
Model Electro-Motive Diesel G18HBR
Build date 1984/85
Total produced 13
Gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Length 14.55 m (47 ft 9 in)
Fuel type Diesel
Prime mover Electro-Motive Diesel 8-645E
Generator Electro-Motive Diesel D15ER
Traction motors Electro-Motive Diesel D29
Top speed 100 km/h (62 mph)
Power output 820 kW (1,100 hp)
Operator(s) V/Line
Number in class 13
Number(s) P11-P23
Current owner Pacific National
Disposition 13 in service

The P class are a class of diesel locomotives rebuilt from T class locomotives by Clyde Engineering, Somerton for V/Line in 1984/85.


V/Line P12 at North Melbourne in August 2007
Freight Australia P22 at North Melbourne in April 2010

The P class were rebuilt from 1950s T class locomotives by Clyde Engineering. The rebuild involved a new cab and carbody, replacing the EMD 8-567C engine with an EMD 8-645E, replacement of the main generator and traction motors, and provision of a separate head end power generator.

The class are currently all in service with Pacific National and V/Line. In passenger usage are most commonly used in push-pull mode with H type carriages, but also operate as single locomotives. In freight service the head end power was occasionally used for the powering of refrigerated containers.[1][2][3]

Status table[edit]

Locomotive Pre-conversion Entered service (T) Re-entered service (P) Owner Notes
P11 T336 9 May 1956 5 June 1984 V/Line Passenger Ran the last V/Line Sunbury passenger and Leongatha freight trains
P12 T329 18 June 1956 7 June 1984 V/Line Passenger
P13 T340 30 October 1956 10 July 1984 V/Line Passenger
P14 T330 2 July 1956 1 August 1984 V/Line Passenger
P15 T344 9 December 1956 22 October 1984 V/Line Passenger
P16 T332 22 July 1956 23 November 1984 V/Line Passenger
P17 T327 28 May 1956 19 December 1984 V/Line Passenger
P18 T339 7 October 1956 15 February 1985 V/Line Passenger Ran both the last V/Line Leongatha and Sunbury passenger trains
P19 T331 2 July 1956 26 March 1985 Pacific National
P20 T337 23 September 1956 29 May 1985 Pacific National
P21 T338 23 September 1956 27 June 1985 Pacific National
P22 T328 18 June 1956 11 September 1985 Pacific National
P23 T326 28 May 1956 11 September 1985 Pacific National


  1. ^ P Class diesel electric locomotives Mark Bau's VR website
  2. ^ P Class Railpage
  3. ^ P Class Vicsig