QR's new 2900 class

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The Queensland Government has announced five locomotives from the QR fleet will be rebuilt into a new 2900 class, featuring 20% less fuel consumption and lower exhaust emissions.

The multi-million dollar contract with Progress Rail's Redbank Workshops will support 48 jobs. The rebuilds will enter service between mid-2022 and 2023 to haul the Spirit of the Outback and the Westlander. Both trains will require locomotives weighing less than 94.5-tonnes.

The 2900s are anticipated to be similar to Aurizon's EMD 8-710 engined 2700 class and the Progress PRA class. A tweet from the Premier yesterday said 2400s would be used as cores, although QR's 2152 is already stripped for rebuilding at Redbank.

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Additional information from the Premier...

It’s 1,325 kilometres by rail from Brisbane to Longreach - a trip Queensland Rail’s iconic tourist train Spirit of the Outback makes there and back twice a week.

We’re upgrading the legacy 2400 class locomotives which haul it and other long-distance passenger trains such as the Westlander at Progress Rail’s Redbank Railway Workshop, converting them to 2900 class locomotives.

The 2400 class were built at Eagle Farm by Clyde Engineering, and were first introduced to Queensland’s fleet in 1977.
Upgrading them will improve engine reliability and performance, lower fuel use by up to 20%, and reduce exhaust emissions and oil consumption, and importantly will support 48 local jobs.

It’s part of a guaranteed $1 billion pipeline of train building work in Queensland: delivering on our 2020 election commitment, and critical to our COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
With the rebuild, do they retain DC traction?
  GT46C-ACe Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gold Coast QLD
Yes they're staying DC.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
The 2900s are anticipated to be similar to Aurizon's EMD 8-710 engined 2700 class and the Progress PRA class.
Sulla1
I'm wondering why 2900 class? Why not say, 2750 class, following on with the 2100, 2150, 2170 model?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
The 2900s are anticipated to be similar to Aurizon's EMD 8-710 engined 2700 class and the Progress PRA class.
I'm wondering why 2900 class? Why not say, 2750 class, following on with the 2100, 2150, 2170 model?
Graham4405
I don't suppose that there is any chance that BananaRail has accidentally adopted some logical form of classification in this instance? Smile
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
The 2900s are anticipated to be similar to Aurizon's EMD 8-710 engined 2700 class and the Progress PRA class.
I'm wondering why 2900 class? Why not say, 2750 class, following on with the 2100, 2150, 2170 model?
I don't suppose that there is any chance that BananaRail has accidentally adopted some logical form of classification in this instance? Smile
YM-Mundrabilla
I would think the sub-class model would make more sense for locos that are almost identical.

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