WAGR R class (diesel)

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Western Australian Government Railways R class
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R1905 at Manjimup in July 1986
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder English Electric, Rocklea
Serial number A.166-A.167, A.171, A.173-A.174, A.202-A.207, A.218-A.222, A.244, A.248
Model M195CX1, M195CX2
Build date 1968-1972
Total produced 18
Specifications
Configuration:
 • AAR C-C
 • UIC Co-Co, Co′Co′
Gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Loco weight R1901-R1902: 88 long tons (89 t; 99 short tons)
R1903-R1905: 95.5 long tons (97.0 t; 107.0 short tons)
RA class: 92.5 long tons (94.0 t; 103.6 short tons)
Fuel type Diesel
Prime mover EE 12CSVT
Generator EE 822
Traction motors EE 548
Performance figures
Power output 1,950 hp (1,450 kW)
Career
Operators Western Australian Government Railways
Number in class 18
Numbers R1901-R1905
RA1906-RA1918
First run February 12th, 1968
Preserved RA1918
Current owner UGL Rail
Rail Heritage WA
Disposition 1 preserved, 1 converted, 16 scrapped

The R/RA Classes are a class of diesel locomotives built by English Electric, Rocklea for the Western Australian Government Railways between 1968 and 1972.

History[edit]

In 1968 the Western Australian Government Railways took delivery of five narrow gauge versions of the K class for use on bauxite traffic, the last three were fitted with 6 tonnes (5.9 long tons; 6.6 short tons) of ballast to improve their tractive effort. All were fitted with dynamic brakes. A further 11 were ordered, but without dynamic brakes. These were classified as the RA class. A further two RAs were financed by the Lefroy Salt Company for use over a 13-kilometre (8.1 mi) off the Esperance line.[1][2][3][4]

In 1974 the RA1914, RA1917 and RA1918 were fitted with standard gauge bogies and renumbered KA211-KA213.[1][5] RA1918 has been preserved by Rail Heritage WA.[6]

R1902 was donated to Rail Heritage WA for preservation. However, due to its poor condition after suffering from prolonged vandalism, it was cut up.

Class list (R)[edit]

Key: In Service Withdrawn Preserved Converted Scrapped
Serial Number Entered Service Road Number Current/Last Owner Status
A.166 February 12th, 1968 R1901 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.167 March 15th, 1968 R1902 Greentrains Scrapped, Bellevue (May 28th, 2016)
A.171 May 2nd, 1968 R1903 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.173 June 14th, 1968 R1904 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.174 June 26th, 1968 R1905 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)

Class list (RA)[edit]

Key: In Service Withdrawn Preserved Converted Scrapped
Serial Number Entered Service Road Number Current/Last Owner Status
A.203 November 8th, 1969 RA1906 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.204 November 21st, 1969 RA1907 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.205 December 3rd, 1969 RA1908 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.206 December 23rd, 1969 RA1909 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.202 February 6th, 1970 RA1910 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.207 February 5th, 1970 RA1911 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.218 April 8th, 1971 RA1912 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.219 March 4th, 1971 RA1913 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.220 May 6th, 1971 RA1914, KA211 UGL Rail Used as an engine test bed at UGL Bassendean
A.221 May 6th, 1971 RA1915 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.222 March 17th, 1971 RA1916 Westrail Scrapped, Midland Workshops (October 1992)
A.244 July 11th, 1972 RA1917, KA212 Greentrains Scrapped, Bellevue (May 29th, 2016)
A.248 July 19th, 1972 RA1918, KA213 Rail Heritage WA Preserved by Rail Heritage WA, Bassendean

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-1980s. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. p. 260. ISBN 0 730100 05 7. 
  2. ^ Oberg, Leon (2010). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-2010s. Kenthurst: Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 351–352. ISBN 9781921719011. 
  3. ^ R Class (WA, diesel) Railpage
  4. ^ RA Class (WA, diesel) Railpage
  5. ^ KA Class (WA, diesel) Railpage
  6. ^ Diesel Locomotives Rail Heritage WA
  • Gunzburg, Adrian (1968). WAGR Locomotives 1940–1968. Perth: Australian Railway Historical Society (Western Australian Division). pp. 35, 48. OCLC 219836193. 
  • Milne, Rod (1998). Westrail's English Electric Experience (The English Electric locomotives of the WAGR). Elizabeth, SA: Railmac Publications. ISBN 0958650098. 

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