Victorian Railways C class (diesel)
C501 at the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre
in December 2007
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.
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.
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. Unlike the other locomotives National Rail initially used, ownership of the C class passed to National Rail. In August 1999 two were repainted in National Rail livery and returned to service as Melbourne shunters.
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. 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.
In April 2016, the six Greentrains units were sold to Southern Shorthaul Railroad. 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.
|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|
- Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850s - 1980s. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. p. 288. ISBN 0-730100-05-7.
- "C Class" Railway Digest October 1988 page 378
- "C Class" Railway Digest November 1988 page 406
- C Class diesel electric locomotives Mark Bau's VR website
- Antony Fitzgerald (April 2000). "The Dash 9 in Australia: National Rail's NR class". Australian Model Railway Magazine. p. 27.
- Railway Digest October 1998 page 41
- "One Nation - A retrospective and perspective" Railway Digest August 1997 page 21
- Railway Digest October 1999 page 4
- C Class (C501 - C510) Railpage
- C Class Vicsig
- "The 80 Class in Private Operation" Motive Power issue 80 March 2012 page 33
- Disposal of Greentrains rollingstock Engenco 28 April 2016
- "Greentrans rollingstock sold to Holdco Holdings" Railway Digest June 2016 page 6
- "SSR Report" Motive Power issue 107 September 2016 page 27
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