S Class

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Description

The eighteen members of the S Class were ordered in two batches by the VR from Clyde Engineering for express passenger and freight workings, with the final eight units ordered specifically to work the North-East standard gauge line. A large portion of the class survives today in commercial operation, with some members of the class owned by preservation organisations and leased to commercial operators to help support other heritage activities.

Two members of the class are owned by CFCL Australia, avaliable for lease service as required. PN maintains ownership of three members of the class. El Zorro, Southern Shorthaul Railroad and RailPower also own one unit each. Operations for the surviving S Class members range from regional grain trains, coal haulage, infrastructure trains and even bank engine duties in the Adelaide Hills!

Text courtesy of Trackside.

Datasheet

Introduced 1957
Wheel arrangement Co-Co
Manufactured by Clyde Engineering - Granville, New South Wales
Traction type Diesel-Electric
Number in database 18
Length 17.88 metres
Weight 115.8 tonnes
Tractive effort 1,800hp
Production model A16C
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Fleet status

Road number Gauge Status Last owner Last operator / caretaker
S300 Standard1435mm Stored Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia ARHS ACT Division
S301 Broad1600mm Stored Pacific National Steamrail Victoria
S302 Standard1435mm Operational Southern Shorthaul Railroad Southern Shorthaul Railroad
S303 Broad1600mm Operational VicTrack Heritage QUBE Logistics
S304 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
S305 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
S306 Broad1600mm Stored Pacific National Pacific National
S307 Standard1435mm Stored Pacific National Pacific National
S308 Broad1600mm Preserved - Static VicTrack Heritage ARHS Victoria
S309 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
S310 Broad1600mm Under restoration Seymour Railway Heritage Centre Seymour Railway Heritage Centre
S311 Standard1435mm Stored Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia QUBE Logistics
S312 Standard1435mm Operational RailPower El Zorro
S313 Broad1600mm Preserved - Operational VicTrack Heritage QUBE Logistics
S314 Broad1600mm Scrapped Victorian Railways Victorian Railways
S315 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
S316 Broad1600mm Scrapped Victorian Railways Victorian Railways
S317 Standard1435mm Operational Southern Shorthaul Railroad Southern Shorthaul Railroad

Please note - in the case of scrapped, renumbered or rebuilt locomotives, the last operator or owner is listed.