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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.
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