Queensland Railways 3500/3600 class
|Queensland Rail 3500/3600 class|
3524 in November 2008
In July 1984, a joint venture of Clyde Engineering and Walkers Limited was awarded a contract to build 70 3500/3600 class electric locomotives with ASEA supplying the electrical equipment. These were ordered to operate coal trains on the Blackwater and Goonyella railway lines that were in the process of being electrified.
All were fitted with the Locotrol systems that allowed remote control locomotives in the centre of a train to be controlled from a command unit. Thus two separate classes were built, 19 class 3500 command units that could lead trains, and 31 class 3600 slave units. The bodies were manufactured with fluted stainless steel.
The original order was later increased to 80. Following the decision to electrify the North Coast line from Brisbane to Rockhampton, the last 30 were modified for passenger and general freight use, and delivered as the 3900 class.
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- Clark, Peter (2012). An Australian Locomotive Guide. Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 353–354. ISBN 9781921719554.
- 3500/3600/3551 Class Railpage
- Queensland Rail (May 1986). "Fact Sheet No.12 May 1986 Mainline Electrification Special Loco Preview Edition" (1): 1. Cite journal requires