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Arguably the start of a trend for interstate companies to name their flagship loco class after the company, AN ordered the eleven members of the AN Class from Clyde Engineering in 1991. The class would quickly pass to National Rail and Pacific National service, and have all now been repainted into the Pacific National corporate colour scheme (with the exception of AN3, which is painted in the livery of GSR's "The Ghan" luxury rail train).
Until 2011, the class were relegated to the role of support units behind NR Class on interstate intermodal services (although AN3 is often used on "The Ghan" as a support unit). More recently, the class has been fitted with the new ICE radio system, and permitted to lead on the Clyde to Tarago garbage trains, where their additional power has reduced the drain on Pacific Nationals loco fleet accordingly (where once the train was hauled by three mainline locomotives, or two mainline locomotives and a branch line unit, it is now typically hauled by a pair of AN Class).
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