Victorian Railways X class (diesel)

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Victorian Railways X class
X43 in V/Line Freight livery in Mildura in 1996
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Clyde Engineering
Granville (1&2)
Rosewater (3)
Serial number 66-484 to 66-489
70-700 to 70-707
75-792 to 75-801
Build date 1966-76
Total produced 24
Rebuilder South Dynon Locomotive Depot
Rebuild date 2002-04
Number rebuilt 6
UIC classification Co-Co
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in),
1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Length 18.53 metres (60 ft 10 in)
Locomotive weight 114 t (112 long tons; 126 short tons) (1)
116 t (114 long tons; 128 short tons) (2&3)
Fuel type Diesel
Prime mover Electro-Motive Diesel 16-567E (1)
Electro-Motive Diesel 16-645E (2 & 3)
Engine type V16
Aspiration Roots Blower
Generator Electro-Motive Diesel D 32B-D 14 (1&2)
Electro-Motive Diesel AR10-E1-D14 (3)
Traction motors Electro-Motive Diesel D77
Cylinders 16
Cylinder size (?)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 133 km/h (83 mph)
Operator(s) Victorian Railways
Number in class 24
Number(s) X31-X54
Preserved X31
Current owner Aurizon
Pacific National
Disposition 19 in service, 1 preserved, 4 stored

The X class are a class of mainline diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville and Rosewater for the Victorian Railways between 1966 and 1976.


Freight Australia liveried X31 at Grovedale in April 2007
Pacific National liveried X41 at Seymour in November 2007

The first batch of six were built by Clyde Engineering, Granville in 1966 with the same mechanicals as the S class but with a hood type of body. A second order of eight locomotives was built in 1970 fitted with a more powerful engine. A third batch was built in 1975/76 and differed by having an angled no.1 end and different cab and were the first locomotives built at Rosewater.[1][2] Although mainly used on the broad gauge most at some stage operated on the North East standard gauge line to Albury. They hauled passenger and freight services throughout Victoria.[3]

In the early 1980s they began working interstate to Adelaide and Sydney.[4] All were included in the sale of V/Line Freight to Freight Australia in May 1999.

Between 2001 and 2005 Freight Australia rebuilt six locomotives, fitting them with refurbished engines from G class locomotives, enlarged radiators, and modified cabs. These locomotives have subsequently been renumbered as the XR class. All but two passed to Pacific National with the business in August 2004, these going to CRT Group and in June 2005 to QR National.[5][6]

In January 2010 X31 was transferred to the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre. It has been returned to service and been hired to El Zorro. The class are now employed hauling freight services in New South Wales and Victoria.[7][8][9][10]

Status table[edit]

Locomotive Entered service Current status Name Current owner
First Order
X31 15 Aug 1966 In Service Seymour Railway Heritage Centre
X32 8 Sep 1966 Rebuilt as XR555 Pacific National
X33 24 Sep 1966 Rebuilt as XR553 Pacific National
X34 5 Oct 1966 Rebuilt as XR554 Pacific National
X35 4 Nov 1966 Rebuilt as XR551 Pacific National
X36 15 Nov 1966 Stored Pacific National
Second Order
X37 9 Apr 1970 Stored Pacific National
X38 8 May 1970 Rebuilt as XR550 Pacific National
X39 28 May 1970 In Service Pacific National
X40 26 Jun 1970 Rebuilt as XR552 Pacific National
X41 9 Jul 1970 In Service Pacific National
X42 7 Aug 1970 In Service Pacific National
X43 20 August 1970 In Service Sir Noel Bamford Pacific National
X44 11 Sep 1970 In Service Pacific National
Third Order
X45 11 Nov 1975 In Service Pacific National
X46 4 Dec 1975 In Service Pacific National
X47 24 Dec 1975 In Service Pacific National
X48 24 Jan 1976 In Service Pacific National
X49 18 Feb 1976 Stored Pacific National
X50 12 Mar 1976 Stored Pacific National
X51 1 Apr 1976 In Service Pacific National
X52 22 Apr 1976 In Service Pacific National
X53 19 May 1976 In Service Aurizon
X54 10 Jun 1976 In Service Aurizon

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Railmac Publications (1992). Australian Fleetbooks: V/Line locomotives. Kitchner Press. ISBN 0-949817-76-7. 
  2. ^ Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850's - 1980's. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. p. 257. ISBN 0-730100-05-7. 
  3. ^ X class diesel electric locomotives Mark Bau's VR website
  4. ^ Railway Digest December 1984 page 422
  5. ^ Peter Attenborough (February 2006). "Colin Rees Transport (CRT)". Australian Model Railway Magazine 22 (256): 37. 
  6. ^ QR National/Interail Trackside
  7. ^ X Class (X31 - X36) Railpage
  8. ^ X Class (X37 - X44) Railpage
  9. ^ X Class (X45 - X54) Railpage
  10. ^ X Class Vicsig