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 SD40-2
Build date 1977/78
Total produced 10
UIC classification Co-Co
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge,
1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Length 20.73 m (68 ft 0 in)
Locomotive 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
Cylinder size (? x ?)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 133 km/h (83 mph)
Power output 2,237 kW (3,000 hp)
Operator(s) Victorian Railways
Number in class 10
Number(s) C501-C510
First run 14 May 1977
Preserved C501
Current owner CFCL Australia
Disposition 9 in service, 1 preserved

The C Class are a class of diesel locomotive built by Clyde Engineering, Rosewater for the Victorian Railways in 1977/78.


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 they were sold to Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia and Greentrains and resumed their original identities.[9][10]


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

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