New South Wales 90 class locomotive
9016 comes around Horseshoe Bend, 2016
The 90 class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Electro-Motive Division, Canada for FreightCorp and EDi Rail, Cardiff for Pacific National. They only operate on Hunter Valley coal workings because they are the heaviest locomotives of the New South Wales network.
Ordered in July 1992 under a Ready Power contract along with the 82 class, the first batch of 31 were built by Electro-Motive Division in London, Ontario, Canada in 1994, while a second batch of four locomotives delivered in November 2005, were built by EDi Rail at Cardiff Workshops to the same specification.
The 90 class are of a single ended cab design, with an almost identical cab layout to the 82 Class. They are restricted to the Hunter Valley line due to their weight. All passed to Pacific National when FreightCorp was privatised in February 2002.
A number of the class are named after Olympic Games athletes. The original batch retain FreightCorp livery with Pacific National decals, while the later four were delivered in Pacific National livery.
Many of the design features of the class were incorporated into the Downer EDI Rail GT46C.
Restricted to the Hunter Valley the 90 class operate on the Main Northern line as far as Muswellbrook, although they did operate to Dartbrook mine south of Aberdeen until it closed in 2006. From Muswellbrook the 90 class operate as far west as Ulan on the Gulgong line. They have also operated as far south as Eraring Power Station at Dora Creek. 
They usually double or triple head coal trains of up to 91 wagons, although they operated singularly on the Eraring Power Station services. All are maintained at a depot built on Kooragang Island as part of the Ready Power deal that opened in June 1994.
Out of the Hunter
Members of the class have visited the wheel lathe at Delec Locomotive Depot in Sydney and one was on display at Sydney Central for the 100th Anniversary of Clyde Engineering in 1998. To minimise weight they operated a light engine and with only a small amount of fuel.
|Locomotive||Name||Serial No||Entered Service||Livery||Status|
|9001||Ernest Henry||1373/918266-3||May 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9002||Michael Wendon||1374/918266-2||May 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9003||Matthew Ryan||1375/918266-1||Aug 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9004||Kevin Nichols||1376/918266-4||May 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9005||Kevin Barry||1377/918266-5||May 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9006||Murray Rose||1378/918266-6||May 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9007||Dunc Gray||1379/918266-7||May 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9008||Ralph Doubell||1380/918266-8||Aug 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9009||Lionel Cox||1381/918266-9||Jul 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9010||John Devitt||1382/918266-10||Jul 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9011||Kevan Gosper||1383/918266-11||Jul 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9012||Neil Brooks/Peter Evans/
Mark Kerry/Mark Tonelli
|9013||Michael Diamond||1385/918266-13||Jun 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9014||Peter Antonie/Stephen Hawkins||1386/918266-14||Jul 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9015||Duncan Armstrong||1387/918266-15||Jul 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9016||Herb Elliott||1388/918266-16||Jul 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9017||Andrew Cooper/Nicholas Green/
Mike McKay/James Tomkins
|9018||John Konrads||1390/918266-18||Jul 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9019||Dean Lukin||1391/918266-19||Jul 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9020||Russell Mark||1392/918266-20||Jun 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9021||Ian O'Brien||1393/918266-21||Aug 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9022||Clint Robinson||1394/918266-22||Aug 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9023||Robert Windle||1395/918266-23||Oct 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9024||John Winter||1396/918266-24||Aug 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9026||David Theile||1398/918266-26||Oct 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9030||Australian Men's Hockey Team||1402/918266-30||Aug 94||FreightCorp||Operational|
|9032||-||05-1692||Nov 05||Pacific National||Operational|
|9033||-||05-1693||Nov 05||Pacific National||Operational|
|9034||-||05-1694||Nov 05||Pacific National||Operational, Stored|
|9035||-||05-1695||Nov 05||Pacific National||Operational|
- "New loco contract signed" Railway Digest August 1992 page 289
- 90 Class Railpage
- 90 Class Vicsig,net
- "The 90 class locomotives of NSW" Railway Digest May 1999 page 18
- "Clyde Engineering Ready Power Maintenance Facility - Kooragang Island, Newcastle". InterCapital Consultants. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
Media related to New South Wales 90 class locomotives at Wikimedia Commons