MRWA G class

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Midland Railway of Western Australia G class
G51 at Northcliffe in July 1986
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder English Electric, Rocklea
Build date 1963
Total produced 2
 • AAR C-C
 • UIC Co-Co, Co′Co′
Gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Fuel type Diesel
Prime mover English Electric 8SVT
Engine type Four-stroke V8 diesel
Generator English Electric 819 7E
Traction motors English Electric 548A
Cylinders 8
Performance figures
Power output 1,000 hp (750 kW)
Operators Midland Railway of Western Australia
Number in class 2
Numbers G50-G51
First run 7 May 1963
Preserved G50
Disposition 1 preserved, 1 scrapped

The G class were a class of diesel locomotives built by English Electric, Rocklea for the Midland Railway of Western Australia in 1963. They were later sold to the Western Australian Government Railways.


The G class was a class of diesel-electric locomotives based upon the British Rail Class 20. The two members of the class entered service with the Midland Railway of Western Australia in May 1963 after being shipped from Rocklea. They entered service on the Midland to Watheroo line. [1][2]

Together with the rest of the company's assets and operations, they were taken over by the Western Australian Government Railways in 1964. In their later years they operated out of Bunbury and Perth.[2]


G51 was withdrawn from service in May 1990, and scrapped in January 1991.[2]

G50 was withdrawn in March 1991 and preserved by the Australian Railway Historical Society. As of 2014, it is on loan to the Hotham Valley Railway.[2]


  1. ^ Part 3 - Dieselization Perth Republika
  2. ^ a b c d G Class Hotham Valley Railway

Further reading[edit]

  • Gunzburg, Adrian (1968). WAGR Locomotives 1940–1968. Perth: Australian Railway Historical Society (Western Australian Division). pp. 34, 48. OCLC 219836193. 
  • Gunzburg, Adrian (1989). The Midland Railway Company Locomotives of Western Australia. Melbourne: Light Railway Research Society of Australia. ISBN 0909340277. 
  • Milne, Rod (1998). Westrail's English Electric Experience (The English Electric locomotives of the WAGR). Elizabeth, SA: Railmac Publications. ISBN 0958650098. 
  • "Midland's New Medium Powered Diesels (G-Class)". Railway Transportation. Surry Hills, NSW: Shennen Publishing & Publicity Co. October 1963. ISSN 0033-9024. OCLC 220305870. 

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