Victorian Railways Y class (diesel)

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Victorian Railways Y class
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V/Line Y129 at Southern Cross in October 2011
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Clyde Engineering, Granville
Model Electro-Motive Diesel 6GB
Build date 1963-68
Total produced 75
Specifications
UIC class Bo-Bo
Gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Length 13.28 m (43 ft 7 in)
Fuel type Diesel
Prime mover Electro-Motive Diesel 6-567C (first 50)
Electro-Motive Diesel 6-645 (last 25)
Engine type (?)
Generator Electro-Motive Diesel D25E
Traction motors General Electric 237
Performance figures
Maximum speed 65 km/h (40 mph); Y175 was regeared for a top speed of 95 km/h (59 mph)
Power output 480 kW (640 hp)
Career
Operators Victorian Railways
Number in class 75
Numbers Y101-Y175
First run 1963
Preserved Y127, Y133, Y135, Y137, Y159, Y164
Current owner Pacific National
V/Line
Disposition 17 in service, 6 preserved, 8 stored, 43 scrapped

The Y class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville for the Victorian Railways between 1963 and 1968.

History[edit]

In 1963 the first of 25 general purpose diesel-electric locomotives was delivered by Clyde Engineering. As a cost saving measure, they were built with bogies and motors retrieved from scrapped Swing Door electric suburban train sets; the re-use of these components reduced the unit cost of the Y class locomotive from around £52,000 ($104,000) to £40,000 ($80,000).[1] Two further orders saw the class total 75 by 1968.

Although built to dieselise Victoria's shunting operations and replace steam locomotives on branch line services, they were also used on mainline freight and passenger services including between Spencer Street and Werribee.[2]

After closure of branch lines across the state and the end of short pick-up goods trains, use of the class dropped.[3]

In the 1980s it is thought that four Y Class locomotives were on standard gauge, typically no's 101-104.

Withdrawals commenced from 1985 and large-scale scrappings commenced during 1991 and 1992.[3]

After the mass-withdrawals of the Y fleet up to 1992, engines 101, 102, 104, 150 and 151 were on standard gauge, as 103 had been withdrawn in the late 1980s. Y101 followed in the early 90's after suffering a collision, but it was not directly replaced.

From 1995, under the newly formed V/Line Freight division, engines Y115, Y151, Y152 and Y169 were running trains on standard gauge, and locomotives Y124 and Y142 were confined to shunting at South Dynon. Within a few years Y150 had replaced Y115 on standard gauge, with the latter engine shifting to Ballarat as a yard pilot. Around the same time, Y169 replaced Y102, and Y152 replaced Y104. These two engines were stored at Newport workshops, then transferred to South Dynon's "rotten row" where they sat for about a decade.

Only two engines - Y152 and Y165 - were repainted into the V/Line Freight scheme, which was essentially the same as previous with a new decal and a lighter grey.

The 1999 sale of V/Line Freight to Freight Victoria included engines 110, 113, 115, 118-119, 121-122, 138, 150-152, 157, 165, 169, 171 and 174.[4]

Today four are in service with V/Line as carriage yard shunters, with others owned by freight operator Pacific National.[5][6][7]

Status table[edit]

Locomotive Entered service Current status Name Owner(s)
Y101 (1st order) Tuesday, 17 September 1963 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y102 Tuesday, 17 September 1963 Stored VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), SRHC (2015)
Y103 Wednesday, 25 September 1963 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y104 Wednesday, 25 September 1963 Stored VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), SRHC (2015)
Y105 Friday, 4 October 1963 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y106 Friday, 4 October 1963 Scrapped - 1991 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y107 Tuesday, 15 October 1963 Scrapped - 1991 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y108 Tuesday, 15 October 1963 Stored VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), 707 Operations (2015)
Y109 (as Y145) Friday, 25 October 1963 Preserved VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), 707 Operations (1996),[8][9] El Zorro (2005), Yarra Valley Tourist Railway (2014)
Y110 Friday, 25 October 1963 Scrapped - 2011 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y111 Wednesday, 6 November 1963 Scrapped - 1991 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y112 Wednesday, 6 November 1963 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y113 Tuesday, 19 November 1963 Scrapped - 2011 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y114 Tuesday, 19 November 1963 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y115 Thursday, 28 November 1963 Stored VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004), Ettamogah Rail Hub (2015)
Y116 Thursday, 28 November 1963 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y117 Tuesday, 10 December 1963 Scrapped - 1991 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y118 Tuesday, 10 December 1963 Scrapped - 2015 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y119 Thursday, 19 December 1963 Stored VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004), Ettamogah Rail Hub (2015)
Y120 Thursday, 19 December 1963 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y121 Tuesday, 7 January 1964 Scrapped - 2011 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y122 Tuesday, 7 January 1964 Scrapped - 2015 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y123 Friday, 17 January 1964 Scrapped - 1991 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y124 Friday, 17 January 1964 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y125 Monday, 10 February 1964 Stored VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), DERMPAV (2015)
Y126 (2nd order) Tuesday, 4 May 1965 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y127 Tuesday, 4 May 1965 Preserved - Operational VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), 707 Operations (????)
Y128 Saturday, 22 May 1965 Scrapped - 1988 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y129 Saturday, 22 May 1965 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), V/Line Passenger (1995)
Y130 Saturday, 22 May 1965 Scrapped - 2011 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y131 Friday, 4 June 1965 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y132 Friday, 4 June 1965 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y133 Thursday, 17 June 1965 Preserved - Operational VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), Seymour Railway Heritage Centre (????)
Y134 Thursday, 17 June 1965 In Service Yoda (unofficial) VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), EDI-Rail (????)
Y135 Sunday, 27 June 1965 Stored VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), South Gippsland Railway (????)
Y136 Sunday, 27 June 1965 In Service James W Ryan (preserved) VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), EDI-Rail (????)
Y137 Saturday, 10 July 1965 Preserved - Static VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), ARHS - Vic (????)
Y138 Saturday, 10 July 1965 Scrapped - 2011 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y139 Wednesday, 21 July 1965 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y140 Wednesday, 21 July 1965 Scrapped - 1996 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y141 Saturday, 31 July 1965 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y142 Saturday, 31 July 1965 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y143 Thursday, 12 August 1965 Stored VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), 707 Operations (2015)
Y144 Thursday, 12 August 1965 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y145 Thursday, 26 August 1965 Scrapped - 2014 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983); Great Northern Rail Services (1994 - frame only), El Zorro (2003)
Y146 Thursday, 26 August 1965 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y147 Thursday, 16 September 1965 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y148 Thursday, 16 September 1965 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), BlueScope Steel (????)
Y149 Saturday, 2 October 1965 Scrapped - 1996 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y150 Saturday, 2 October 1965 Scrapped - 2011 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y151 (3rd order) Thursday, 21 December 1967 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004), Ettamogah Rail Hub (2015)
Y152 Thursday, 21 December 1967 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y153 Saturday, 13 January 1968 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y154 Saturday, 13 January 1968 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y155 Wednesday, 31 January 1968 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y156 Friday, 23 February 1968 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), V/Line Passenger (1995)
Y157 Wednesday, 28 February 1968 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y158 Thursday, 14 March 1968 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y159 Thursday, 14 March 1968 Preserved - Operational VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), Daylesford Spa Country Railway (????)
Y160 Wednesday, 3 April 1968 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y161 Wednesday, 3 April 1968 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), V/Line Passenger (1995)
Y162 Saturday, 27 April 1968 Scrapped - 1988 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y163 Saturday, 27 April 1968 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), V/Line Passenger (1995)
Y164 Saturday, 18 May 1968 Preserved - Operational VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), Steamrail Victoria (????)
Y165 Saturday, 18 May 1968 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004)
Y166 Wednesday, 5 June 1968 Scrapped - 1991 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y167 Wednesday, 5 June 1968 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y168 Tuesday, 18 June 1968 In Service VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), DERMPAV (????)
Y169 Tuesday, 18 June 1968 Stored VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004), Ettamogah Rail Hub (2015)
Y170 Saturday, 13 July 1968 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y171 Saturday, 13 July 1968 Stored VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004), Ettamogah Rail Hub (2015)
Y172 Thursday, 25 July 1968 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)
Y173 Thursday, 25 July 1968 Scrapped - 1996 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), Australian Paper Mills (may have been leased only; was painted yellow)
Y174 Thursday, 8 August 1968 Stored VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983), FV/FA (1999/2000), PN (2004), Ettamogah Rail Hub (2015)
Y175 Thursday, 8 August 1968 Scrapped - 1992 VR (Built), VicRail (1976), V/Line (1983)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS UPON DERAILMENTS ON THE VICTORIAN RAILWAY SYSTEM" (PDF). Parliament of Victoria. 1964-12-08. p. 27. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  2. ^ Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850-1980s. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. pp. 247, 248. ISBN 0 730100 05 7. 
  3. ^ a b Railmac Publications (1992). Australian Fleetbooks: V/Line locomotives. Kitchner Press. ISBN 0-949817-76-7. 
  4. ^ http://www.contracts.vic.gov.au/major/29/Vline_Freight_Asset_Sale_Agreement_(07).pdf
  5. ^ Y Class diesel electric locomotives Mark Bau's VR website
  6. ^ Y Class Railpage
  7. ^ Y Class Vicsig
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20050712021534/http://www.707operations.com.au/default.aspx?page=Home
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20050712175233/http://www.707operations.com.au/default.aspx?page=Rollingstock
Preserved Seymour Railway Heritage Centre Y133 in July 2009
El Zorro Y145 in June 2008