Queensland Railways 1300 class

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Queensland Railways 1300 class
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1312 at Eagle Junction in December 1986
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder English Electric, Rocklea
Model M195CX
Build date 1967-72
Total produced 45
Specifications
UIC class Co-Co
Gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Length 15.67 m (51 ft 5 in)
Loco weight 78 t (77 long tons; 86 short tons)
Fuel type Diesel
Prime mover English Electric 12SVT Mk11
Generator English Electric 822
Traction motors English Electric 548
Performance figures
Maximum speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Power output 1,339 kW (1,800 hp)
Tractive effort 267 kN (60,000 lbf)
Career
Operators Queensland Railways
Number in class 45
Numbers 1300-1344
First run 9 October 1967
Preserved 1318
Current owner TasRail
Disposition 6 in service, 1 preserved, 4 exported, 35 scrapped

The 1300 class were a class of diesel locomotive built by English Electric, Rocklea for Queensland Rail between 1967 and 1972. They were later sold to AN Tasrail.

History[edit]

The 1300 class was an upgraded version of the 1270 class with more powerful engines and larger fuel tanks.[1]

The class was primarily used on the Blackwater and Moura coal lines and based at Gladstone.[2] The class became surplus following electrification of the coal lines in 1986/87.[1][3]

In 1988 the entire class was sold to AN Tasrail where they became the ZC class. They were renumbered consecutively, 1300 becoming ZC1 and 1344 becoming ZC45, although 12 units were only used as a source of spare parts.[2][4][5][6] Most had very short working lives with just 13 remaining in service by 1995 and only six by 1997.

Ten of the ZC class were sold to Morrison-Knudsen Australia in April 1994, with eight rebuilt with new cabs as the MKA class at its Whyalla factory. Two were operated on the BHP Whyalla Steelworks network from February 1995, before being exported to Senegal.[7] MKA1-4 saw service in Malaysia before returning to Australia. These along with the unused two were purchased by Pacific National in 2004 with MKA1-3 returning to Queensland and the others to Tasmania. By 2007, all six were in service in Tasmania renumbered in the 2130 series.[8][9]

TasRail 2137 near Cornelian Bay in August 2013

With the privatisation of Australian National, AN Tasrail was sold to the Australian Transport Network, with the seven remaining ZCs becoming the 2140 class. Most stored units were scrapped and the last was withdrawn in 2004.[1] In February 2004 Pacific National purchased Australian Transport Network, including four stored 2140 class locomotives. Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia purchased 2142 and 2143 for a proposed tourist service, they were later sold to Senegal. In September 2009 TasRail was sold back to the Government of Tasmania. TasRail sold three of the remaining stored locos for scrap in 2012 and donated 2144 (formerly ZC19 and 1318) to Diesel Traction Tasmania for preservation.[6][10]


Fleet summary[edit]

Key: In Service Withdrawn Preserved Scrapped


QR number Serial
number
In service Withdrawn by QR ANR number MKA number ATN/PN/TasRail number Withdrawn Scrapped Notes
1300 A.162 9 October 1967 3 November 1988 ZC1
1301 A.163 1 November 1967 2 August 1988
1302 A.164
1303 A.162
1304 A.168 ZC5
1305 A.170 ZC6
1306 A.172 ZC7
1307 A.175 ZC8
1308 A.176 ZC9 2140 2012
1309 A.177 ZC10
1310 A.181 ZC11 2141 2012
1311 A.183
1312 A.185 ZC13
1313 A.188 ZC14
1314 A.189 ZC15
1315 A.192 ZC16
1316 A.195 ZC17 2142
1317 A.198 2143
1318 A.201 ZC19 2144 To Diesel Traction Tasmania.
1319 A.200 ZC20 2145 2012
1320 A.208 ZC21 MKA4 2134
1321 A.209 ZC22 MKA6 Exported to Senegal.
1322 A.210
1323 A.211 ZC24
1324 A.212
1325 A.213 ZC26 MKA3 2133
1326 A.214 ZC27 MKA7 2137
1327 A.215 ZC28
1328 A.216 ZC29
1329 A.217 MKA2 2132
1330 A.223 ZC31 MKA8 2138
1331 A.224 ZC32
1332 A.225 MKA1 2131
1333 A.226 ZC34
1334 A.227 ZC35
1335 A.228
1336 A.229 ZC37
1337 A.230 ZC38
1338 A.231 ZC39
1339 A.233
1340 A.234 ZC41 MKA5 Exported to Senegal.
1341 A.235 ZC42 2146 2012
1342 A.245 ZC43
1343 A.246 ZC44
1344 A.247 ZC45

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Oberg, Leon (2007). Locomotives of Australia: 1850s - 2007. Rosenbterg Publishing. pp. 349–350. ISBN 1877058548. 
  2. ^ a b English Electric 1300 Class Queensland's Railway Interest Group
  3. ^ 1300 Class Queensland's Great Trains
  4. ^ 1300 Class (QR) Railpage
  5. ^ ZC Class Railpage
  6. ^ a b ZC Class Rail Tasmania
  7. ^ BHP / Onesteel / Arrium Whyalla Diesel Locomotives Minnipa Siding
  8. ^ MKA class Railpage
  9. ^ MKA Class Rail Tasmania
  10. ^ ZC Class Archived 2 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Diesel Traction Tasmania