Queensland Railways 1200 class

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Queensland Railways 1200 class
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1225 at Redbank Railway Workshops
in August 2005
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder English Electric, Bradford
Build date 1953-1954
Total produced 10
Specifications
Configuration:
 • UIC Co-Co
Gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Length 16.72 m (54 ft 10 in)
Loco weight 90 t (89 long tons; 99 short tons)
Fuel type Diesel
Prime mover English Electric 12SVT
Generator English Electric 828
Traction motors English Electric 525
Performance figures
Maximum speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Power output 1,145 kW (1,540 hp)
Tractive effort 133 kN (30,000 lbf)
Career
Operators Queensland Railways
Number in class 10
Numbers 1200-1209
Delivered July 1953
Last run 10 February 1984
Preserved 1200, 1208
Disposition 2 preserved, 8 scrapped

The 1200 class were a class of diesel locomotive built by English Electric, Bradford for Queensland Railways in 1953-1954.

History[edit]

The 1200 class were rostered to haul The Sunlander between Brisbane and Cairns, The Westlander between Brisbane and Roma and The Inlander from Townsville to Mount Isa.[1]

A characteristic addition to the 1200s in 1961 was a sun visor to help reduce glare. As they became due for heavy overhauls in the late 1970s, they were withdrawn.[1]

1200 has been preserved by the Australian Railway Historical Society, and is currently stored at Redbank Railway Workshops.[2][3][4]

1225 class[edit]

In 1984, 1208 was rebuilt using parts from 1250 class locomotives 1252 and 1253, including a more powerful 1,145 kW (1,540 hp) engine, while the body was modified to resemble a 1250 class. It earned the nickname "Hybrid" after this work and was renumbered 1225. It remained in service until 1987, based at Toowoomba working mainly on the Southern line. The loco is now privately owned and is under active restoration by the Queensland Diesel Restoration Group. It was moved to the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway at Swanbank in mid-2010.[2][4][5]

Status table[edit]

Number Serial
number
In service Withdrawn Scrapped Notes
1200 1905-D146 21 July 1953 3 March 1977 Preserved
1201 1906-D147 3 July 1953 5 May 1978 May 1984
1202 1907-D148 11 December 1953 9 November 1971 January 1991
1203 1908-D149 10 December 1953 17 January 1980 January 1991
1204 1909-D150 3 December 1953 2 September 1981 January 1986
1205 1910-D151 26 January 1954 19 August 1978 April 1984
1206 1911-D152 16 February 1954 6 July 1983 August 1985
1207 1912-D153 2 September 1954 27 July 1979 August 1985
1208 1913-D154 8 March 1954 10 February 1984 Rebuilt as 1225
1209 1914-D155 5 April 1954 26 January 1978 March 1986
1225 16 January 1985 16 November 1987 Preserved

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-1980s. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. p. 212. ISBN 0 730100 05 7. 
  2. ^ a b English Electric 1200 Class Queensland's Railway Interest Group
  3. ^ Diesel Locomotives Association of Tourist Railways Queensland 13 March 2011
  4. ^ a b 1200 Class Queensland's Great Trains
  5. ^ Adams, Greg (December 2010). "Rebuilding a Rebuild: The story of QR 'Hybrid' 1225". Railway Digest. p. 56.