New South Wales 421 class locomotive
The 421 class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville for the New South Wales Government Railways in 1965-1966. These mainline locomotives were a follow on from the 42 class. The 421s retained the classic bulldog nose as with the other Clyde built GM and S locomotives at one end, but featured a flat-cab at the other end. In this respect, they are unique amongst bulldog nose locomotives in the world.
The 421 class initially entered service on the Main South line before being transferred to Bathurst in 1970 to operate services on the Main Western line between Lithgow and Broken Hill including the new Indian Pacific service. However, due to their poor ride quality, they were returned to the Main South. In 1982, they were briefly used on through services to Melbourne.
All 10 were withdrawn from service in December 1986 and January 1987 and put in store at Junee Locomotive Depot, even though some had only recently been overhauled. In June 1989 two were moved to Cardiff Locomotive Workshops. One was resurrected from July 1989 until January 1990 before most were offered for sale in 1990.
Four locomotives were purchased by Northern Rivers Railroad. After undergoing some restoration work at Junee, in October 1996 they worked to their new base at Casino where the work was completed ready for the commencement of operations in October 1997. Northern Rivers Railroad used them to haul the Ritz Rail tourist rail service from Casino to Murwillumbah on the Murwillumbah line and various freight and infrastructure trains on the North Coast line as a sub-contractor to FreightCorp. Northern Rivers Railroad purchased 42106 from a private owner, and moved it from storage at the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum, Thirlmere to Casino in September 1998.
All were included in the sale to Interail to QR National in March 2002, who regularly operated them as far south as Melbourne. Three were withdrawn and placed in store in January 2013 with one remaining in service.
Two have been preserved. In December 2009 42101 was transferred from the Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre to Eveleigh Railway Workshops for restoration by 3801 Limited. After being fitted with refurbished traction motors at Chullora Railway Workshops in October 2011, it returned to Eveleigh to be restored back to operational condition in March 2012. It undertook its first trials on Cowan Bank on the evening of 25 October 2014 and was repainted in its original Indian red livery by UGL Rail, Auburn in January 2015. In April 2017, THNSW welcomed back the locomotive as 4201.repainted in green & yellow by UGL Maintrain - Sydney. http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=de9527c8f74a3fbc6e6f4e311&id=266fe670c5
In mid 2016, units 42109 and 42106 were scrapped by Aurizon, along with some 423 class locomotives. 42109 had been in storage since 2011 due to an engine fire and 42106 had been under overhaul/a parts donor for many years.
|NSW No||Serial No||Entered Service||Current/Last Owner||Livery||Status|
|42101||65-468||22 Dec 1965||The Heritage Locomotive Company||Indian Red||Preserved operational
Eveleigh Railway Workshops
|42102||66-469||24 Jan 1966||Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum||SRA Candy||Stored|
|42103||66-470||15 Feb 1966||Aurizon||Aurizon Yellow||Stored Goulburn|
|42104||66-471||28 Feb 1966||-||-||Scrapped|
|42105||66-472||15 Mar 1966||Aurizon||NRR Rainbow||Stored Goulburn|
|42106||66-473||14 Apr 1966||Aurizon||SRA Candy||Scrapped|
|42107||66-474||12 May 1966||Aurizon||NRR Rainbow||Operational|
|42108||66-475||3 May 1966||-||-||Scrapped|
|42109||66-476||6 Jul 1966||Aurizon||NRR Rainbow||Scrapped|
|42110||66-477||25 Jul 1966||-||-||Scrapped|
- Bromby, Robin (1988). Australian Rail Annual 1988. Sutherland: Sherborne Sutherland Publishing. p. 14. ISBN 1 86275 004 1.
- "Locomotives & Traffic 421 Class Report" Railway Digest February 1987 page 47
- "Locomotives and Traffic 421 Class" Railway Digest August 1989 page 276
- "42107" Railway Digest March 1990 page 106
- "Locos for sale" Railway Digest July 1990 page 239
- "Locomotives and Traffic 421 Class" Railway Digest December 1990 page 439
- "The Northern Rivers Railroad" Railway Digest December 1996 page 28
- "Motive Power 42106" Railway Digest November 1998 page 41
- "QR moves into NSW with Northern Rivers Railroad buy" Rail Express 12 March 2002
- "QR National push" WorldCargo News March 2002
- Train Alteration Advice No: TAA 0818-2009 Australian Rail Track Corporation
- TOC Waiver RailCorp 19 March 2012
- Friends of 42101 Facebook page
- 42102 Vicsig
- 421 Class Railpage
- "Australia Wide Fleet List 2014" Motive Power issue 96 November 2014 page 64
- New South Wales Rail System Locomotives. Sydney: Archives Section, State Rail Authority of New South Wales. 1984.