New South Wales 44 class locomotive
|New South Wales 44 class|
The 44 class were built by Alco's Australian licensee AE Goodwin, and are based on the Alco DL500B model. The locomotives are fitted with Alco 12-251B engines, developing 1343 kW. They were built in two batches, the first 60 between July 1957 and April 1961 and the second 40 between October 1965 and December 1967. The last 40 had Associated Electrical Industries as opposed to General Electric generators and traction motors as well as illuminated segregated number boxes at the No.2 end.
With driving cabs within both ends, the front (No.1 end) of the locomotive had a rounded nose (however not as round as the Clyde/GM "Bulldog nose" type) and a flat nose at the No.2 end.
Withdrawals started in the late 1980s of some earlier examples in need of rewiring, however many survived into the 1990s with the last being withdrawn in July 1997. The State Rail Authority still had over forty on its books that were auctioned in December 1994.
While most were scrapped, a number saw service with other freight operators. Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia, Great Northern Rail Services, Independent Rail of Australia, Silverton Rail and Southern Shorthaul Railroad all operated 44s with most ending up with Qube Logistics until their withdrawal in 2014.
Three are on Transport Heritage NSW's Heritage and Conservation Register list. 4401 was in the custody of 3801 Limited and 4403 with the Australian Railway Historical Society, Canberra until 2017. 4401 is now in the custody of the Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum and 4403 and 4490 with the NSW Rail Museum.
|Locomotive||Serial No||Completed||Current Owner||Livery||Status|
|4401||82807||Jul 57||Transport Heritage NSW||Indian red||Preserved, stored, Junee|
|4403||82809||Nov 57||Transport Heritage NSW||Indian red||Preserved, operational, Thirlmere|
|4420||82892||Sep 58||Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum||Red terror||Stored|
|4458||83748||Feb 61||Qube Logistics||Silver||Operational, Junee|
|4461||G-3421-01||Oct 65||Qube Logistics||Red terror||Stored, Goulburn|
|4463||G-3421-03||Dec 65||Qube Logistics||Red terror||Stored, Goulburn|
|4464||G-3421-04||Jan 66||Lachlan Alco Locomotive Group||Indian red||Preserved, operational|
|4465||G-3421-05||Feb 66||John Currey||Candy||Stored|
|4468||G-3421-08||May 66||Canberra Railway Museum||Tuscan||Under restoration|
|4471||G-3421-11||Aug 66||Qube Logistics||CFCLA||Stored, Goulburn|
|4472||G-3421-12||Aug 66||Hunter Valley Railway Trust||Silver & Yellow||Stored|
|4473||G-3421-13||Sep 66||Lachlan Alco Locomotive Group||Indian red||Preserved, operational|
|4477||G-3421-17||Dec 66||Qube Logistics||CFCLA||Recommissioned with QUBE, Goulburn|
|4483||G-3421-23||Apr 67||Qube Logistics||Southern Shorthaul Rail yellow||Stored, Minto|
|4486||G-3421-26||May 67||Lachlan Alco Locomotive Group||Indian red||Preserved, operational|
|4488||G-3421-28||Jul 67||Qube Logistics||Silver||Recommissioned with QUBE, Minto.|
|4490||G-3421-30||Jul 67||Transport Heritage NSW||Indian red||Preserved, operational, Thirlmere|
|4497||G-3421-37||Oct 67||Qube Logistics||Silver||Recommissioned with QUBE, Junee.|
|4498||G-3421-38||Nov 67||Qube Logistics||Red terror||Stored, Goulburn
https://extranet.artc.com.au/docman/DocManFiles/DocTypes/TOC/Files/16036.PDF?563263111 Movement of locomotive 4498 between James Siding & Goulburn] Australian Rail Track Corporation 1 March 2016</ref>
- New South Wales Rail System Locomotives. Sydney: Archives Section, State Rail Authority of New South Wales. 1984.
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