New South Wales 80 class locomotive

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New South Wales 80 class
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Brand new 8008 heads north through
Thornleigh in 1979
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Comeng, Granville
Serial number Alco C-6103-01 to C-6103-30
Alco C-6121-01 to C-6121-20
Model CE615A
Build date 1978-1983
Total produced 50
Specifications
UIC class Co-Co
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Wheel diameter 1,016 mm (40 in)
Length Over headstocks:
17.73 m (58 ft 2 in)
Over coupler pulling faces:
19.00 m (62 ft 4 in)
Width 2.968 m (9 ft 9 in)
Height 4.240 m (13 ft 11 in)
Axle load 20.167 t (19.85 long tons; 22.23 short tons)
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel capacity 5,400 L (1,188 imp gal; 1,427 US gal)
Lubricant cap 750 L (165 imp gal; 198 US gal)
Coolant cap 980 L (216 imp gal; 259 US gal)
Sandbox cap 0.570 m3 (20 cu ft)
Prime mover Alco 12-251CE
RPM range 400-1050
Engine type Four-stroke V12 diesel
Aspiration Turbocharged
Alternator Mitsubishi 2-B2-288P-01
Traction motors Mitsubishi MB-451 BVR, 6 of
Cylinders 12
Cylinder size 229 mm × 267 mm (9.0 in × 10.5 in)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 130 km/h (81 mph)
Power output Gross:
1,604 kW (2,150 hp)
For traction:
1,492 kW (2,000 hp)
Tractive effort Continuous:
273.00 kN (61,373 lbf)
Career
Operators Public Transport Commission
Number in class 50
Numbers 8001-8050
First run 12 December 1978
Preserved 8006
Current owner Pacific National
Qube Logistics
Disposition 12 in service, 1 preserved, 12 stored, 25 sold as scrap

The 80 class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Comeng for the Public Transport Commission between 1978 and 1983.

History[edit]

8025 and another haul the Sydney bound Brisbane Limited shortly after departing South Brisbane in 1987
Greentrains' 80s1 at Somerton in January 2009

The 80 class were built by Alco's Australian licensee Comeng as an evolution of the 442 class. The 80 class were the first locomotives in Australia to feature factory-fitted cab air-conditioning and fibreglass body panels and the first in New South Wales delivered without buffing plates.[1] To reduce the need for repainting, the fibreglass panels were pre-coloured hence the class retained their original liveries for longer than had previously been the case.[2][3]

An initial order of 30 was followed by an additional order for 20. The first order were delivered in Indian red livery while the second received the reverse livery with a yellow nose and Indian red wings. They were initially introduced on the Main South line before being transferred to the western region for use between Lithgow and Broken Hill.[2] They quickly spread and regularly hauled freight and passenger services on all main lines.

After being fitted with Australian National radios, 8034-45 commenced operating through to Adelaide with Australian National ALs operating into New South Wales in 1990.[4] Through working ceased in May 1991 when the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen placed a ban on the 80 class in South Australia.[5]

Following the formation of National Rail, all were reallocated to the national operator in July 1995.[6] This saw their sphere of operation extended to Melbourne, albeit as trailing locomotives.[7]

Following National Rail taking delivery of the NR class locomotives, the 80s began to return to FreightCorp in January 1997. As they were surplus to requirements, some were placed in store.[8] By April 1997 30 were in store.[9] In September 1997 8015 & 39 were loaned to BHP as a trial on services at their Port Kembla steelworks. All were included in the sale of FreightCorp to Pacific National in February 2002.

In March 2003 24 of the class were sold to Silverton Rail joining 8043 that had been to them in 1999.[10] Four (26, 37, 44 & 49) were returned to traffic as 80s1, 80s4, 80s2 & 80s6. All were included in the sale of the business to Coote Industrial and later Qube Logistics. A fifth (8030) was returned to service in 2010 while the other four resumed their original identities. A few of the others have been scrapped with the remainder in store at Broken Hill, Parkes and Werris Creek.[11][12]

Pacific National operate 12 mainly as shunters at Enfield, Kewdale, Port Waratah, Port Augusta and Port Kembla with 10 in store at Chullora and Werris Creek.

Fleet status[edit]

Locomotive Serial No Completed Current Owner Livery Status
8001 C-6106-1 Nov 78 Silverton Rail FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8002 C-6106-2 Nov 78 FreightCorp PTC Indian red Scrapped
8003 C-6106-3 Dec 78 Pacific National PTC Indian red Scrapped
8004 C-6106-4 Nov 78 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Stored, Werris Creek
8005 C-6106-5 Jan 79 Pacific National Pacific National blue & yellow Operational
8006 C-6106-6 Jan 79 Goodwin Alco Group PTC Indian red Preserved, Werris Creek
8007 C-6106-7 Feb 79 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Stored
8008 C-6106-8 Feb 79 Greentrains FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8009 C-6106-9 Mar 79 State Rail Authority PTC Indian red Scrapped
8010 C-6106-10 Apr 79 Greentrains FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8011 C-6106-11 May 79 Pacific National Pacific National blue & yellow Operational
8012 C-6106-12 May 79 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Stored
8013 C-6106-13 Jul 79 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Operational
8014 C-6106-14 Jul 79 Lachlan Valley Railway FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8015 C-6106-15 Aug 79 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Stored
8016 C-6106-16 Aug 79 Greentrains PTC Indian red Scrapped
8017 C-6106-17 Oct 79 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Stored, Chullora
8018 C-6106-18 Oct 79 Greentrains FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8019 C-6106-19 Nov 79 Greentrains PTC Indian red Scrapped
8020 C-6106-20 Nov 79 State Rail Authority PTC Indian red Scrapped
8021 C-6106-21 Dec 79 Greentrains FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8022 C-6106-22 Jan 80 Greentrains FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8023 C-6106-23 Mar 80 Greentrains PTC Indian red Scrapped
8024 C-6106-24 Mar 80 Greentrains FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8025 C-6106-25 Mar 80 Pacific National Pacific National blue & yellow Operational
8026 C-6106-26 Apr 80 Qube Logistics Greentrains green & yellow Operational
8027 C-6106-27 May 80 Pacific National PTC Indian red Scrapped
8028 C-6106-28 May 80 Greentrains FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8029 C-6106-29 Jun 80 Silverton Rail FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8030 C-6106-30 Jun 80 Qube Logistics Qube silver & yellow Operational
8031 C-6121-1 Nov 81 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Stored, Werris Creek
8032 C-6121-2 Dec 81 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Stored, Werris Creek
8033 C-6121-3 Jan 82 Pacific National Pacific National blue & yellow Operational
8034 C-6121-4 Mar 82 Greentrains FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8035 C-6121-5 Apr 82 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Stored, Werris Creek
8036 C-6121-6 May 82 Greentrains PTC reverse Scrapped
8037 C-6121-7 Jun 82 Qube Logistics Greentrains green & yellow Operational
8038 C-6121-8 Jun 82 Greentrains FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8039 C-6121-9 Jun 82 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Operational
8040 C-6121-10 Aug 82 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8041 C-6121-11 Aug 82 Greentrains PTC reverse Scrapped
8042 C-6121-12 Aug 82 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Stored, Werris Creek
8043 C-6121-13 Sep 82 Greentrains PTC reverse Scrapped
8044 C-6121-14 Oct 82 Qube Logistics Greentrains green & yellow Operational
8045 C-6121-15 Oct 82 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8046 C-6121-16 Dec 82 Pacific National Pacific National blue & yellow Operational
8047 C-6121-17 Jan 83 Pacific National FreightCorp blue Stored, Werris Creek
8048 C-6121-18 Dec 82 Greentrains FreightCorp blue Scrapped
8049 C-6121-19 Feb 83 Southern Shorthaul Railroad Greentrains green & yellow Operational
8050 C-6121-20 Mar 83 Pacific National Pacific National blue & yellow Operational

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oberg, Leon (1980). Diesel Locomotives of Australia. Sydney: AH & AW Reed. p. 385. ISBN 0 589 50211 5. 
  2. ^ a b "The 80 class locomotives of NSW" Railway Digest September 1999 page 32
  3. ^ Dunn, John (2010). Comeng: A History of Commonwealth Engineering Volume 3: 1967-1977. Kenthurst: Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 219–224. ISBN 9781877058905. 
  4. ^ "Through Working" Railway Digest July 1990 page 250
  5. ^ "Through Working" Railway Digest July 1991 page 251
  6. ^ "80 Class Return to the NSW North Coast on National Rail Freights" Railway Digest August 1995 page 14
  7. ^ "80s to Victoria" Railway Digest October 1996 page 35
  8. ^ "80 Class" Railway Digest March 1997 page 37
  9. ^ "80 Class" Railway Digest June 1997 page 40
  10. ^ "Silverton Rail Loco Transfer" Railway Digest January 2000 page 36
  11. ^ 80 Class Railpage
  12. ^ 80 Class Vicsig

Further reading[edit]

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