WAGR J class (diesel)

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Western Australian Government Railways J class
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Southern Shorthaul Railroad J103 & J102 in Newport in May 2008
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Clyde Engineering, Granville
Serial number 66-479 to 66-483
Model Electro Motive Diesel G6B
Build date 1966
Total produced 5
Specifications
AAR wheel arr. B-B
UIC class Bo-Bo, Bo′Bo′
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Length 13 m (42 ft 8 in)
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel capacity 2,730 L (600 imp gal; 720 US gal)
Prime mover Electro Motive Diesel 6-567C
Alternator Electro Motive Diesel D25C
Generator Electro Motive Diesel D25/D29
Performance figures
Maximum speed 62 km/h (39 mph)
Power output 448 kW (601 hp)
Career
Operators Western Australian Government Railways
Number in class 5
Numbers J101-J105
First run July 1966
Current owner Genesee & Wyoming Australia
SCT Logistics
Disposition 4 in service, 1 scrapped

The J class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville, for the Western Australian Government Railways in 1966.

History[edit]

The J class entered service between July and October 1966 to provide as shunters for the 657-kilometre (408 mi) Eastern Goldfields Railway from Perth to Kalgoorlie that was being converted to standard gauge. They were an evolution of the Victorian Railways Y class.[1]

One was scrapped in July 1986 with the remaining four sold in 1995 to Great Northern Rail Services and moved to South Dynon Locomotive Depot. They operated freight transfer and infrastructure trains under contract to National Rail. Following the cessation of Great Northern Rail Services in 2004, the 4 units were split up. J102 & J103 were sold to CFCLA and stayed in Melbourne. These 2 units were hired to Southern Shorthaul Railroad continued use as terminal shunters and infrastructure workings. J102 & J103 have since been purchased by SCT Logistics for use as shunters at their various terminals. J104 & J105 were sold to Freightlink, renumbered to FJ104 & FJ105, and moved to the Northern Territory as terminal shunters in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. These have been transferred to Genesee & Wyoming Australia following G&Ws acquisition of Freightlink.[1][2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oberg, Leon (2010). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-2010s. Kenthurst: Rosenberg Publishing. p. 342. ISBN 9781921719011. 
  2. ^ J Class (WAGR) Railpage
  3. ^ J Class Railpage
J104 at Forrestfield in March 1986