Victorian Railways C class (diesel)

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Victorian Railways C class
C501 at the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre
in December 2007
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Clyde Engineering, Rosewater
Model Electro-Motive Diesel GT26CW
Build date 1977-1978
Total produced 10
 • UIC Co-Co
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in),
1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Length 20.73 m (68 ft 0 in)
Loco weight 135 tonnes (133 long tons; 149 short tons)
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel capacity 10,130 L (2,230 imp gal; 2,680 US gal)
Prime mover Electro-Motive Diesel 16-645-E3
Engine type V16 diesel engine
Aspiration Turbocharged
Alternator Electro-Motive Diesel AR-10 alternator
Traction motors D77/78 DC, 6 of
Cylinders 16
Performance figures
Maximum speed 133 km/h (83 mph)
Power output 2,237 kW (3,000 hp)
Operators Victorian Railways
Number in class 10
Numbers C501-C510
First run 14 May 1977
Preserved C501
Current owner CFCL Australia
Southern Shorthaul Railroad
Disposition 6 operational, 3 stored, 1 preserved

The C Class are a class of diesel locomotive built by Clyde Engineering, Rosewater for the Victorian Railways in 1977-1978.


Silverton Rail Cs1 in July 1998
Southern Shorthaul Railroad C503 on Kooragang Island in January 2011

The C class were purchased by the Victorian Railways for heavy freight haulage. They are fitted with safety cabs. Initially the first four were placed on the North East line to haul services from Melbourne to Albury while the latter six were put on the broad gauge to haul services on the Serviceton line. Following upgrades to the infrastructure they were also able to operate on the Ballarat to Geelong line and from January 1982 through to Adelaide with the standard gauge units transferred to the broad gauge.[1]

In September 1988, two were transferred back to the standard gauge and began to operate services through to Sydney.[2][3]

Following the Melbourne-Adelaide railway being closed for gauge conversion, all remaining broad gauge units were converted to standard gauge and operated services from Melbourne to Parkes until the converted line reopened in July 1995. All were transferred by V/Line to National Rail in June 1995.[4]

Following the delivery of National Rail's NR class locomotives, the C class were put into storage at Junee Locomotive Depot in 1997 before being moved to Islington Railway Workshops, Adelaide.[5][6] Unlike the other locomotives National Rail initially used, ownership of the C class passed to National Rail.[7] In August 1999 two were repainted in National Rail livery and returned to service as Melbourne shunters.[8]

The class was then sold with one going to Seymour Railway Heritage Centre and the other nine to Allco Rail with two leased to Pacific National and seven to Silverton Rail as the Cs class.[4] Following the collapse of Allco Finance three were sold to Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia and six to Greentrains in January 2008 with all resuming their original identities.[9][10][11]

In April 2016, the six Greentrains units were sold to Southern Shorthaul Railroad.[12][13] Having been in store at South Dynon Locomotive Depot, all were taken to the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park & Railway with the last returned to service in August 2016.[14]


Locomotive Name Entered service Owner Livery Status
C501 George Brown 14 May 1977 Seymour Railway Heritage Centre VR Blue & gold Preserved Operational
C502 22 June 1977 CFCL Australia CFCLA blue & yellow Operational
C503 19 July 1977 CFCL Australia SSR yellow & black Stored Goulburn
C504 18 August 1977 Southern Shorthaul Railroad Blue & yellow Operational
C505 13 September 1977 Southern Shorthaul Railroad Blue & yellow Operational
C506 6 October 1977 Southern Shorthaul Railroad Greentrains Green & yellow Operational
C507 4 November 1977 Southern Shorthaul Railroad Blue & yellow Operational
C508 16 December 1977 CFCL Australia CFCLA blue & yellow Operational
C509 10 March 1978 Southern Shorthaul Railroad Greentrains Green & yellow Operational
C510 11 July 1978 Southern Shorthaul Railroad Greentrains Green & yellow Operational


  1. ^ Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850s - 1980s. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. p. 288. ISBN 0-730100-05-7. 
  2. ^ "C Class" Railway Digest October 1988 page 378
  3. ^ "C Class" Railway Digest November 1988 page 406
  4. ^ a b C Class diesel electric locomotives Mark Bau's VR website
  5. ^ Antony Fitzgerald (April 2000). "The Dash 9 in Australia: National Rail's NR class". Australian Model Railway Magazine. p. 27. 
  6. ^ Railway Digest October 1998 page 41
  7. ^ "One Nation - A retrospective and perspective" Railway Digest August 1997 page 21
  8. ^ Railway Digest October 1999 page 4
  9. ^ C Class (C501 - C510) Railpage
  10. ^ C Class Vicsig
  11. ^ "The 80 Class in Private Operation" Motive Power issue 80 March 2012 page 33
  12. ^ Disposal of Greentrains rollingstock Engenco 28 April 2016
  13. ^ "Greentrans rollingstock sold to Holdco Holdings" Railway Digest June 2016 page 6
  14. ^ "SSR Report" Motive Power issue 107 September 2016 page 27

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