When tendering for the locomotives construction, VR specified a double-ended design to eliminate the need to turn locos at the end of a run. This led to Clyde Engineering to modify the design of the GM1 class with a cab at either end, with a Co-Co wheel arrangement – the first example of this particular wheel arrangement in the country.
As with the GM1 class before them, the B Class quickly displaced steam from the premier express trains within Victoria, including the Sprit of Progress. They would remain in active service long past the introduction of more modern locomotives that followed them, and a number continue on in commercial ownership today. Eleven locomotives would be rebuilt into the A Class in the 1980?s.
We identify rebuilt and renumbered locomotives from this class as well as other classes with similar mechanical configurations and present those classes below.
|Manufactured by||Clyde Engineering - Granville, New South Wales|
|Number in database||26|
|Number in database||26|
|Operational||4||B61 B75 B76 B80|
|Preserved - Operational||1||B74|
|Preserved - Static||1||B83|
|Rebuilt||11||B60 B62 B66 B70 B71 B73 B77 B78 B79 B81 B85|
|Scrapped||5||B67 B68 B69 B82 B84|
|Stored||4||B63 B64 B65 B72|
|Road number||Gauge||Status||Last owner||Last operator / caretaker|
|B61||Standard1435mm||Operational||Southern Shorthaul Railroad||West Coast Railway|
|B63||Broad1600mm||Stored||VicTrack Heritage||Steamrail Victoria|
|B65||Standard1435mm||Stored||Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia||West Coast Railway|
|B72||Broad1600mm||Stored||Victorian Railways||Victorian Railways|
|B74||Broad1600mm||Preserved - Operational||Victorian Railways||El Zorro|
|B75||Broad1600mm||Operational||Victorian Railways||Southern Shorthaul Railroad|
|B76||Broad1600mm||Operational||Victorian Railways||QUBE Logistics|
|B80||Broad1600mm||Operational||Victorian Railways||QUBE Logistics|
|B82||Broad1600mm||Scrapped||Victorian Railways||Victorian Railways|
|B83||Broad1600mm||Preserved - Static||Victorian Railways||Victorian Railways|
|B84||Broad1600mm||Scrapped||Victorian Railways||Victorian Railways|
Please note - in the case of scrapped, renumbered or rebuilt locomotives, the last operator or owner is listed.
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