BHP Port Kembla D9 class

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BHP Port Kembla D9 class
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderEnglish Electric, Rocklea
Build date1956-60
Total produced13
Gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Length11.6m (28ft 0.25in)
Width2.8m (9ft 3in)
Height4.2m (13ft 10.5in)
Loco weight61 tonnes
Fuel typeDiesel
Prime moverEnglish Electric 6KT
Performance figures
Power output400HP
OperatorsAustralian Iron & Steel
Number in class13
NumbersD9-D15, D20-D25
First runAugust 1956
PreservedD9, D11, D20, D21, D23, D24, D25
Disposition7 preserved, 6 scrapped

The D9 class were a class of diesel locomotives built by English Electric, Rocklea for Australian Iron & Steel's, Port Kembla steelworks between 1956 and 1960.


In the 1950s Australian Iron & Steel commenced an extensive modernisation and expansion of its Port Kembla steelworks. To operate on the expanded 200 kilometre network, seven shunter locomotives were ordered from English Electric with the first entering service in September 1956. A further six were delivered in 1960. A distinct feature of the locomotives was a large cooling fan at the end of the hood.[1][2]

A down turn in the early 1980s saw the class withdrawn, with D10 being hired to fellow BHP subsidiary Blue Circle Cement for use at Portland in 1982/83 and Berrima in 1986/87.[3] In 1989 two were overhauled to replace locomotives on the neighbouring John Lysaght plant.

Six have been preserved:[4]


  1. ^ Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-1980s. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. pp. 230–231. ISBN 0 730100 05 7.
  2. ^ 400 Class (Port Kembla) Railpage
  3. ^ "Australian Iron & Steel" Railway Digest October 1986 pages 299-303
  4. ^ Port Kembla - Diesel Locomotive Fleetlisting Light Rail Research Society of Australia
  5. ^ "LVR" Railway Digest February 1984 page 69
  6. ^ Our Rolling Stock Archived 2 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine Lachlan Valley Railway
  7. ^ Exhibit List No 39 Dorrigo Steam & Railway Museum 17 April 2013
  8. ^ Newsletter No 1 Lithgow State Mine Railway April 2012
  9. ^ Newsletter No 2 Lithgow State Mine Railway October 2012
  10. ^ "ARHS ACT Division" Railway Digest March 1990 page 115