Victorian Railways rail tractor

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Victorian Railway rail tractor
RT 20 in Swan Hill, featuring Freight Australia livery
Type and origin
Power type Diesel Mechanical
Builder Newport Workshops
Gauge 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm)
Length 6.33 to 6.52 m (20 ft 9 in to 21 ft 5 in)
Loco weight 10.4 t (10.2 long tons; 11.5 short tons)
Prime mover Fordson
Engine type diesel
Performance figures
Maximum speed 15 km/h (9.3 mph)
Power output 40.3 to 51.8 hp (30.1 to 38.6 kW)
Number in class 11
Numbers RT 1 - 54
First run 1952

The Victorian Railways rail tractors are a small shunting unit used by the Victorian Railways of Australia for moving railway wagons in at country stations and private sidings. Varying in power output and size, they are agricultural tractors on top of a four wheeled steel rail wagon frame.[1] Unit 54 is a one off unit acquired from the Portland Harbour Trust who used it on their private siding.

These shunters (except RT 54) are not fitted with air brakes but are through piped to enable them to be worked dead as part of a normal train.[2] Units currently authorised to operate on Victorian tracks are RT 3-40, 42-43 and 45-53; the second group being more powerful, and all being permitted to travel at 15 km/h maximum.[2] Units RT 18, 28 and 43 have been gauge converted and transferred to Sydney for use on the construction of the Epping to Chatswood railway.[3]

Fleet details[edit]

ID Entered service Withdrawn Scrapped September 1981[4] March 1982[5] Current Status Notes
RT01 N/A N/A
RT02 N/A N/A
RT03 Rochester Rochester
RT04 Warracknabeal Wodonga
RT05 Spotswood Spotswood
RT06 Rochester Rochester
RT07 Euroa Oaklands
RT08 Ouyen Recliffs
RT09 Kyabram Kyabram
RT10 Woodend Woodend
RT11 Horsham Ararat
RT12 Oakleigh Oakleigh
RT13 Numurkah Numurkah
RT14 Tottenham Colac
RT15 Bendigo Horsham
RT16 Bendigo Bridgewater
RT17 Sea Lake Sea Lake
RT18 Hamilton Hamilton
RT19 Footscray Footscray
RT20 Redcliffs Irymple
RT21 Ouyen Ballarat
RT22 Kerang Kerang
RT23 Melbourne Yard Seymour
RT24 Traralgon Traralgon
RT25 Nhill Nhill
RT26 Ballarat Ouyen
RT27 Ararat Seymour, Yarrawonga[6]
RT28 Seymour Seymour
RT29 Traralgon Traralgon
RT30 Colac Tocumwal
RT31 Moe Moe
RT32 Swan Hill Swan Hill
RT33 Korong Vale Korong Vale
RT34 Camperdown Warracknabeal
RT35 Orbost Orbost
RT36 Traralgon Cowwarr
RT37 Charlton Charlton
RT38 Leongatha Leongatha
RT39 Nowa Nowa Nowa Nowa
RT40 Westall Westall
RT41 N/A N/A
RT42 Seymour Seymour
RT43 Echuca Echuca
RT44 Traralgon Morwell
RT45 Morwell Traralgon
RT46 Spotswood Spotswood
RT47 Deniliquin Deniliquin
RT48 Morwell Portland
RT49 Portland Morwell
RT50 Stawell Stawell
RT51 Tocumwal Camperdown
RT52 Castlemaine Castlemaine
RT53 Redan Ballarat
RT54 N/A N/A

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Railmac Publications (1992). Australian Fleetbooks: V/Line locomotives. Kitchner Press. ISBN 0-949817-76-7. 
  2. ^ a b "Network Operating Requirements" (PDF). V/Line ~ Network Access ~ Information Pack. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  3. ^ "VICSIG - Locomotives - RT Class Rail Tractor". Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  4. ^ Newsrail September 1981 pg284
  5. ^ Newsrail March 1982 pg48
  6. ^ Newsrail July 1982 p160