Victorian Railways H class (diesel)

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Victorian Railways H class
Pacific National H1 at Kensington in June 2012
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderClyde Engineering, Granville
ModelElectro-Motive Diesel G-18B
Build date1968-1969
Total produced5
 • UICBo-Bo
Gauge1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Length12.4 m (40 ft 8 in)
Fuel typeDiesel
Prime moverElectro-Motive Diesel 8-645E
GeneratorElectro-Motive Diesel D25E
Traction motorsElectro-Motive Diesel D29
Performance figures
Maximum speed100 km/h (62 mph)
Power output820 kW (1,100 hp)
OperatorsVictorian Railways
Number in class5
Current ownerPacific National
Disposition1 in service, 1 stored, 3 preserved

The H class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville for the Victorian Railways in 1968-1969.


The H Class were built as T class locomotives with modifications for use at the Melbourne Hump Yard.[1] They were fitted additional equipment for their duties, including extra weight for traction, "manual power control" to allow low speed operation, and an accurate low speed speedometer.

The H class were delivered as T413 to T417, but were reclassified before entering service. The class rarely left Melbourne due to their excessive weight, until being approved to operate on the same lines as the N class in January 1987.[1] All were included in the sale of V/Line Freight to Freight Victoria in May 1999 and passed with the business to Pacific National in August 2004.[2][3][4]

Status table[edit]

Locomotive Delivered as Entered service Owner(s) Status
H1 T413 20 December 1968 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN(2004) Operational
H2 T414 7 January 1969 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004), Ettamogah Rail Hub (2015) Seymour railway heritage centre (2016) under restoration
H3 T415 7 February 1969 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004), Ettamogah Rail Hub (2015), 707 Operations (2018) Preserved - Operational
H4 T416 24 February 1969 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004) Stored
H5 T417 14 March 1969 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004), Ettamogah Rail Hub (2015), 707 Operations (2017) Preserved – Operational


  1. ^ a b Railmac Publications (1992). Australian Fleetbooks: V/Line locomotives. Kitchner Press. ISBN 0-949817-76-7.
  2. ^ H Class diesel electric locomotives Mark Bau's VR website
  3. ^ H Class (Vic, Diesel-Electric) Railpage
  4. ^ H Class Vicsig