Freight Australia XR class

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Freight Australia XR class
XR558 & XR552 in Geelong in March 2007
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Freight Australia, South Dynon (Series 1)
Pacific National, South Dynon (Series 2)
Build date 2002-06
Total produced 9
UIC class Co-Co
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in),
1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Length 18.34 m (60 ft 2 in)
Fuel type Diesel
Prime mover Electro-Motive Diesel 16-645E3C
Engine type V16
Aspiration Turbocharged
Cylinders 16
Cylinder size (?)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 115 km/h (71 mph)
Power output 2,461 kW (3,300 hp)
Operators Freight Australia
Number in class 9
Numbers XR550-XR555, XR557-XR559
Current owner Pacific National
Disposition 9 in service

The XR class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Freight Australia at their South Dynon workshops.


The first members of the XR class were rebuilt in from first and second series X class locomotives between 2002 and 2004, with more powerful rebuilt engines cascaded from the G class, larger radiators, and a new cab to provide better driver visibility.[1] They were not reclassed and renumbered as the XR class until 2004. The second group of three locomotives were built from new, entering service from late 2005. They differ from the earlier units as 'elephant ears' noise deflectors are fitted to the radiators.

The class are mechanically similar to the later XRB class B units. All are in service with Pacific National with the eight on broad gauge and one on standard gauge duties.[2][3]

Status table[edit]

Locomotive Re-built from Named Entered service Livery Gauge
XR550 X38 Feb 2002 Pacific National blue & yellow Broad
XR551 X35 Norman W DePomeroy Pacific National blue & yellow Broad
XR552 X40 Pacific National blue & yellow Broad
XR553 X33 Pacific National blue & yellow Broad
XR554 X34 Jun 2004 Pacific National blue & yellow Broad
XR555 X32 Oct 2004 Pacific National blue & yellow Broad
XR557 Mar 2005 Pacific National blue & yellow Broad
XR558 Pacific National blue & yellow Broad
XR559 16 Jan 2006 Pacific National blue & yellow Broad

See also[edit]


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