Victorian Railways V class (diesel-hydraulic)

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Victorian Railways V Class[1]
V56 ARHS.jpg
Type and origin
Power type Diesel hydraulic
Builder Newport Workshops
 • Whyte 0-4-0
Gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Length 6.32 m (20 ft 9 in)
Loco weight 22.00 t (21.65 long tons; 24.25 short tons)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 16 km/h (9.9 mph)
Power output 30 kW (40 hp)
Number in class 1
Numbers V56
First run 1959

The Victorian Railways V class was a single locomotive class that consisted of only V56.[2] It was built as the shunter for the Jolimont Workshops to move the suburban sets through the washdocks.[3] It had a top speed of 16 km/h although it was limited to 1 km/h when shunting through the washdock. This speed limit does not pose a problem in operation because heavy weight of rolling stock and weak engine prevents going much faster anyway.[2][3] It had a tractor engine of 40 hp driving four hydraulic motors. It was the smallest Locomotive owned by the VR.[4]


Locomotive Entered service Withdrawn Owner Status
V56 January 1959 ARHS Victoria Preserved - Static


V56 is currently[when?] a static display at the ARHS although it has been known to be started from time to time.[citation needed]


  1. ^ DounutCereal (2010). Victorian Railways V class. DounutCereal. ISBN 0-949817-76-7.
  2. ^ a b "VICSIG V class". Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Peter J. Vincent: V class". Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Vicrailways - V class". Retrieved 13 May 2012.

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