Victorian Railways Y class (diesel)
|Victorian Railways Y class|
|Type and origin|
|Builder||Clyde Engineering, Granville|
|Model||Electro-Motive Diesel 6GB|
|Gauge||1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)|
|Length||13.28 m (43 ft 7 in)|
|Prime mover||Electro-Motive Diesel 6-567C (first 50)
Electro-Motive Diesel 6-645 (last 25)
|Generator||Electro-Motive Diesel D25E|
|Traction motors||General Electric 237|
|Maximum speed||65 km/h (40 mph); Y175 was regeared for a top speed of 95 km/h (59 mph)|
|Power output||480 kW (640 hp)|
|Number in class||75|
|Preserved||Y127, Y133, Y135, Y137, Y159, Y164|
|Current owner||Pacific National
|Disposition||22 in service, 6 preserved, 8 stored, 39 scrapped|
In 1963 the first of 25 diesel shunters was delivered by Clyde Engineering. Two further orders saw the class total 75 by 1968. Although built to dieselise Victoria's shunting operations. they were also used on mainline freight and passenger services including between Spencer Street and Werribee.
After closure of branch lines across the state and the end of short pick-up goods trains, use of the class dropped. Withdrawals commenced from 1985 and large-scale scrappings commenced during 1991 and 1992. Today four are in service with V/Line as carriage yard shunters, with others owned by freight operator Pacific National.
- Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850-1980s. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. pp. 247, 248. ISBN 0 730100 05 7.
- Railmac Publications (1992). Australian Fleetbooks: V/Line locomotives. Kitchner Press. ISBN 0-949817-76-7.
- Y Class diesel electric locomotives Mark Bau's VR website
- Y Class Railpage
- Y Class Vicsig
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