New South Wales 45 class locomotive

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New South Wales 45 class
4501 on the viaduct in Wagga Wagga.jpg
4501 in Wagga Wagga in 2015
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder AE Goodwin, Auburn
Serial number Alco 84143–84182
Model RSD-20 or DL-541
Build date 1962-64
Total produced 40
Specifications
UIC class Co-Co
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Wheel diameter 40 in (1,016 mm)
Length Over headstocks:
54 ft 6 in (16.61 m),
Over coupler pulling faces:
58 ft 8 in (17.88 m)
Width 9 ft 8 12 in (2.96 m)
Height 13 ft 11 in (4.24 m)
Axle load 18 long tons 8 cwt (41,200 lb or 18.7 t)
Loco weight 110 long tons 10 cwt (247,500 lb or 112.3 t)
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel capacity 1,200 imp gal (5,500 l; 1,400 US gal)
Lubricant cap 165 imp gal (750 l; 198 US gal)
Coolant cap 210 imp gal (950 l; 250 US gal)
Sandbox cap 14 cu ft (0.40 m3)
Prime mover Alco 12-251C
RPM range 400-1000
Engine type Four-stroke, V12 diesel
Aspiration Turbocharger
Generator Associated Electrical Industries 5301
Traction motors Associated Electrical Industries 165 or General Electric 752
Cylinders 12
Cylinder size 9 in × 10.5 in (229 mm × 267 mm)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 75 mph (120 km/h)
Power output Gross: 1,950 hp (1,450 kW),
For traction: 1,800 hp (1,340 kW)
Tractive effort Continuous: 68,000 lbf (302.48 kN)
at 7.4 mph (11.9 km/h)
Career
Operators New South Wales Government Railways
Number in class 40
Numbers 4501-4540
First run 5 June 1962
Preserved 4501, 4502, 4520, 4521, 4528
Current owner Greentrains Pacific National
Disposition 30 Scrapped, 5 Stored, 2 Preserved, 2 Operational, 1 Unknown

The 45 class are a class of diesel-electric locomotives built by AE Goodwin, Auburn for the New South Wales Government Railways between 1962 and 1964.

History[edit]

The 45 class were built by Alco's Australian licensee AE Goodwin, and are based on the Alco DL-541 model.[1] They initially entered service on the Main Southern line but later operated on all main lines. One was destroyed in a collision in May 1972.

From June 1984 the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen placed a ban on the class as leading locomotives, meaning they could only be used as second locomotives, although they were able to be used on Sydney metropolitan trip and Liverpool Range banking duties.[2]

Six were fitted with upgraded cabs and modified bogies at Cardiff Workshops in 1989 and reclassified as class 451s and later class 35s, allowing them again to be used as lead locomotives, although they spent most of their time being used as Liverpool Range bankers and Yeerongpilly, Brisbane shunters.[3][4] Following a poor wheat crop, the Class 45s were placed in store at Junee Locomotive Depot in December 1991.[5] A locomotive shortage saw most return to service from March 1993.[6] They remained in service until replaced by FreightCorp by Class 82s in 1994/95.

Thirty-two were auctioned in December 1994 with most being sold for scrap.[7] One was retained by the State Rail Authority as a designated heritage locomotive while four were transferred to Rail Services Australia before being sold to Great Northern Rail Services in 2000.[8][9] One remains in service with Greentrains.

Survivors[edit]

  • 4501 sold to Great Northern Rail Services 2000 (unused), then to Silverton Rail (unused), then to Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia (unused), then to Goodwin Alco Pty Ltd who restored it to main line condition at Eveleigh Railway Workshops in 2007, leasing it to 3801 Limited.[10][11]
  • 4502 sold to Great Northern Rail Services 2000 (unused), then to Silverton Rail (unused), then to Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia (unused), then Lachlan Valley Railway in 2012, stored at Broken Hill
  • 4503 sold to Austrac, then to Patrick Portlink, transferred to Pacific National 2010
  • 3505 sold to Junee Railway Workshop. Was meant to be rebuilt with a Pilbara cab, but the project fell through and it eventually was forgotten about. Its engine cladding has since been removed and it is being used as a mobile loco service stand, while the Pilbara cab was painted blue and yellow and is used as a picnic stand.
  • 4520 is a designated NSW heritage item and has passed into the custody of the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum[12][13]
  • 4521 is preserved by the Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum
  • 4528 sold to Great Northern Rail Services 2000 (unused), then to Silverton Rail (unused), then to Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia (unused), then Lachlan Valley Railway in 2012, stored at Broken Hill, Silverton Rail had started a rebuilt it as 45s2, but the project was not completed
  • 3532 sold to Great Northern Rail Services 2000 (unused), then to Silverton Rail entering service in June 2002 as 45s1, sold to Greentrains, remained in service in December 2013[14][15] Sold to Southern Shorthaul Railroad April 2016[16][17]
  • 4537 sold to Junee Railway Workshops rebuilt with a lowered and shortened No.1 end, leased in June 1995 to BHP for use on their Port Kembla network as 103,[18] later sold to Patrick Portlink

Fleet Status[edit]

4501 - Preserved [Operational]

4502 - Preserved Stored

4503 - Stored

4504 - Scrapped

4505 ▶ 3505 - Stored

4506 - Scrapped

4507 ▶ 3507 - Scrapped

4508 - Scrapped

4509 - Scrapped

4510 - Scrapped

4511 - Scrapped

4512 - Scrapped

4513 ▶ 3513 - Scrapped

4514 - Scrapped

4515 - Scrapped

4516 - Scrapped

4517 - Scrapped

4518 ▶ 3518 - Scrapped

4519 - Scrapped

4520 - Preserved [Operational]

4521 - Stored

4522 - Scrapped

4523 - Scrapped

4524 - Scrapped

4525 - Scrapped

4526 - Scrapped

4527 ▶ 3527 - Scrapped

4528 - Preserved Stored ( rebuild was stopped by silverton, was going to be 45s2)

4529 - Scrapped

4530 - Scrapped

4531 - ???

4532 ▶ 3532 ▶ 45s1 - Operational

4533 - Scrapped

4534 - Scrapped

4535 - Scrapped

4536 - Scrapped

4537 ▶ 103 - Operational

4538 - Scrapped

4539 - Scrapped

4540 - Scrapped

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oberg, Leon (1980). Diesel Locomotives of Australia. Sydney: AH & AW Reed. p. 10. ISBN 0 589 50211 5. 
  2. ^ "Locomotives and Traffic" Railway Digest August 1984 page 254
  3. ^ "Locomotives and Traffic 451/35 Class" Railway Digest August 1989 page 276
  4. ^ 35 Class Vicsig
  5. ^ "Locomotives and Traffic 45 Class" Railway Digest January 1992 page 22
  6. ^ "45 class locos to return to service" Railway Digest March 1993 page 108
  7. ^ "State Rail's Locomotive Auction Results" Railway Digest January 1995 page 36
  8. ^ 45 Class Railpage
  9. ^ 45 Class Vicsig
  10. ^ Rollingstock Goodwin Alco
  11. ^ Happy 50th Birthday to the 4501 Goodwin Alco
  12. ^ RailCorp S170 Heritage & Conservation Register RailCorp
  13. ^ Locomotive, Diesel 4520 NSW Office of Environment & Heritage
  14. ^ 45s Class Railpage
  15. ^ 45s Class Vicsig
  16. ^ Disposal of Greentrains rollingstock Engenco 28 April 2016
  17. ^ "Greentrans rollingstock sold to Holdco Holdings" Railway Digest June 2016 page 6
  18. ^ "First Austrac Locomotives Enter Service After Official Handover" Railway Digest August 1995 page 9

Further reading[edit]

  • New South Wales Rail System Locomotives. Sydney: Archives Section, State Rail Authority of New South Wales. 1984. 

External links[edit]

Media related to New South Wales 45 class locomotives at Wikimedia Commons