MRWA E class

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MRWA E class
E30 at the Railway Museum, Bassendean, 2014
E30 at the Railway Museum, Bassendean, 2014
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-hydraulic
Builder Commonwealth Engineering, Bassendean
Total produced 1
AAR wheel arr. C
UIC classification Co'
Gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Wheelbase 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
Length 18 ft 4 in (5.59 m) (over headstocks)
Width 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
Height 10 ft 7 in (3.23 m)
Axle load 10 long tons (10 t; 11 short tons)
Locomotive weight 26 long tons (26 t; 29 short tons)
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel capacity 96 imp gal (440 L; 115 US gal)
Lubricant capacity 7.5 imp gal (34 L; 9.0 US gal)
Prime mover Rolls-Royce C6SFL
Engine type Four-stroke diesel
Aspiration Supercharged
Cylinders 6
Cylinder size 5.125 in × 6 in (130.2 mm × 152.4 mm)
(bore x stroke)
Transmission Twin disc type DF 11,500 Hydraulic converter
Performance figures
Maximum speed 25 mph (40 km/h)
Power output 250 hp (190 kW)
Tractive effort 18,000 lbf (80 kN) (starting)
Factor of
Operator(s) Midland Railway of Western Australia
Number in class 1
Number(s) E30
First run February 1957
Retired 18 February 1983
Disposition Preserved

The MRWA E class was a single member class of diesel-hydraulic shunting (switching) locomotive built by Commonwealth Engineering, Bassendean, Western Australia, for the Midland Railway of Western Australia (MRWA) in 1957. The locomotive was later owned and operated by the MRWA's successor, the Western Australian Government Railways (WAGR).

Service history[edit]

The single member of the class, E30, entered service with the MRWA in February 1957 as its first diesel powered locomotive.[1] E30 also ended up being the company's only Western Australian made locomotive.[2]

Together with the rest of the MRWA's assets and operations, E30 was taken over by the WAGR in 1964.[2]

The locomotive was withdrawn from WAGR service on 18 February 1983 (1983-02-18), and has since been preserved at the Rail Heritage WA Railway Museum at Bassendean, Western Australia.[2]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Part 3 - Dieselization Perth Republika
  2. ^ a b c Gunzburg 1989, pp. 40–44, 49.


  • Dunn, John (2008). Comeng: A History of Commonwealth Engineering. 2: 1955-1966. Kenthurst: Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 9781877058738. 
  • Gunzburg, Adrian (1968). WAGR Locomotives 1940–1968. Perth: Australian Railway Historical Society (Western Australian Division). pp. 39, 49. OCLC 219836193. 
  • Gunzburg, Adrian (1989). The Midland Railway Company Locomotives of Western Australia. Melbourne: Light Railway Research Society of Australia. ISBN 0909340277. 
  • "New Diesel Shunter for Midland". Railway Transportation (Surry Hills, NSW: Shennen Publishing & Publicity Co). July 1957. ISSN 0033-9024. OCLC 220305870. 

External links[edit]

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