Type and origin Power type
Western Star Trucks Serial number
2WLPCCCJ9TK941796 Build date
1995 Total produced
1,435 mm ( 4 ft ) 8 in 1⁄ 2 1,600 mm ( 5 ft 3 in) Length
11.23 metres Loco weight
25.4 tonnes Fuel type
V/Line RTL class is a road-rail locomotive, capable of operating on both road and rail. It was basically a truck with retractable rail wheels. Built by Western Star Trucks in the United States, the rail equipment was provided by Brandt Industries of Canada.
It was to be the first of three for
V/Line Freight, but the other two were never completed. It was purchased for short-haul duties on grain lines, and began tests in January 1996 on the Dookie and Cobram lines. In 1999/2000 it was used to haul log trains between  Bairnsdale and Sale on the Gippsland line. Numbered RTL1, its  vehicle registration number was MVO782. It was included in the sale of V/Line Freight to Freight Australia, and was given the custom registration plate of MVORTL. It was included in the sale of Freight Australia to Pacific National.
After being stored at
South Dynon Locomotive Depot for a number of years it was sold in 2011 to Just Track,  and was used during the 2012 upgrade of the  Gawler line in Adelaide. In 2015, it was used to haul wagon flats on the Southern Sydney Freight Line between Enfield and Leightonfield.
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