South Australian Railways 930 class

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SAR 930 class
Preserved 930 at the National Railway Museum (Port Adelaide), 2014
Preserved 930 at the National Railway Museum
in April 2014
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderAE Goodwin, Auburn
Serial numberAlco 81885-81890
Alco 82798-82806
Alco 82913-82917
Alco 83829-82835
Alco 84120
Alco G-3388-1 to G-3388-5
Alco G-3471-1 to G-3471-4
ModelAlco DL-500B
Build date1955-1967
Total produced37
 • UICCo-Co
Gauge1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) from 1982
Length17.94 m (58 ft 10 in)
Fuel typeDiesel
Fuel capacity6,065 L (1,334 imp gal; 1,602 US gal)
Prime moverAlco 251B
Engine typeFour-stroke V12 diesel
Performance figures
Maximum speed113 km/h (70 mph)
OperatorsSouth Australian Railways
Number in class37
First runDecember 1955
Preserved930, 958, 963
Disposition3 preserved, 1 under restoration, 33 scrapped

The SAR 930 class was a class of diesel-electric locomotives built by AE Goodwin, Auburn for the South Australian Railways between 1955 and 1967.


935 at Mount Gambier circa 1960

The first six single ended examples were delivered in 1955/56 to operate over the steeply graded Adelaide to Tailem Bend line and onwards to Serviceton. A further 31 double ended examples entered service between July 1957 and June 1967 and operated across the broad gauge network. The double ended locomotives had a "bulldog nose" at one end, and a flat end at the other.

All were delivered with broad gauge bogies and worked across the South Australian network.[1]

In March 1978, all were included in the transfer of the South Australian Railways to Australian National. From 1982, some were converted to standard gauge using bogies from State Rail Authority 44 class locomotives hauling trains from Adelaide to Whyalla and Broken Hill.[2] On the broad gauge, some began operating through to Melbourne in the mid 1980s.[3]

In 1986, a new computer system required the class leaders of the former South Australian Railways to be renumbered as the last member of the class, with 930 becoming 967.[4]

Withdrawals commenced in 1986 with only two remaining by January 1994.[3][5][6][7] Only 961 was included in the sale of Australian National's freight operations to Australian Southern Railroad in November 1997. In May 2001 it was sold to Silverton Rail as 44s1 and in March 2005 passed to Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia.



  • A guide to Australian Locomotion. Australian Railway Historical Society. 2009. ISBN 978-0-9805106-3-8.


  1. ^ a b "930 class Co-Co Diesel-Electric Locomotive No. 930". National Railway Museum. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  2. ^ Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850's - 1980's. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. p. 225. ISBN 0 730100 05 7.
  3. ^ a b "961 - An Alco Survivor". Railway Digest. June 1999. p. 27.
  4. ^ "Australian National Broken Hill Line Report". Railway Digest: 314. October 1986.
  5. ^ "930 Class (SA, Diesel-Electric)". Railpage. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  6. ^ "930 Class". VICSIG. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  7. ^ "Broad/Standard Gauge 930-class diesel locomotives". Chris's Commonwealth Railways Information. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  8. ^ "Diesel Locos and Railcars". Steamranger Enthusiast Pages. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  9. ^ "Rolling Stock Register". SteamRanger Enthusiast Pages. Retrieved 2016-05-02.