46 Class (NSWGR)

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Description

Ordered in 1952 to provide motive power for the newly electrified Penrith to Lithgow section of the Main Western Line, the forty members of the 46 Class were built by Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd. in Great Britan. Designed to NSWGR requirements, the class were the most powerful electric locomotives to be constructed (at the time). Delivery to NSW was three locomotives per month.

The class were not delivered in the standard "Indian Red" colour scheme, instead being delivered in a unique colour scheme described as a deep maroon red, with a single red stripe down the body of the unit. This red stripe split into three "wings" on either side of the headlight. The class would later be painted into Indian Red, "Reverse", Candy, Red Terror (4639 only) and Freightrail Blue.

When the first two members of the class entered service, the electrification beyond Penrith was not ready for use, so the 46 Class initially operated commuter trains between Penrith and Sydney. Once electrification opened to Valley Heights, and later on to Katoomba, 46 Class locomotives replaced steam on commuter passenger trains, as well as replacing the steam bankers based at Valley Heights.

When the electrification to Lithgow was completed in 1957, the 46 class took over the majority of Blue Mountains working, both passenger and freight traffic.

More 46 Class locomotives were delivered than were initially required for the Sydney to Lithgow running, so as electric interurban trains were delivered, and the electrification extended north from Hornsby to Gosford, the 46 Class were also deployed on the northern line, initially to banish the steam bank engines from Cowan Bank. Once electrification to Gosford was opened in 1958, all forty members of the class were in service.

During the early 1990s, the SRA suspended overhauls on the class, and by 1994 they were beginning to show the ravages of age. With National Rail not using electric traction, the SRA started withdrawls over 1994 and 1995.

Datasheet

Introduced 1956
Wheel arrangement Co-Co
Manufactured by Metropolitan-Vickers, Stockton-on-Tees, UK
Traction type Electric (DC)
Number in database 40
Length 31.09 metres
Weight 114 tonnes
Tractive effort 3,780hp
Axle load 19 tonnes
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Fleet status

Road number Gauge Status Last owner Last operator / caretaker
4601 Standard1435mm Preserved - Static Transport Heritage NSW State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4602 Standard1435mm Stored Dorrigo Steam Railway and Museum State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4603 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4604 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4605 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4606 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4607 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4608 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4609 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4610 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4611 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4612 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4613 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4614 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4615 Standard1435mm Preserved - Static Sydney Electric Train Society Sydney Electric Train Society
4616 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4617 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4618 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4619 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4620 Standard1435mm Scrapped PTC of NSW PTC of NSW
4621 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4622 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4623 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4624 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4625 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4626 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4627 Standard1435mm Stored Sydney Electric Train Society State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4628 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4629 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4630 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4631 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4632 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4633 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4634 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4635 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4636 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4637 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4638 Standard1435mm Preserved - Static Transport Heritage NSW New South Wales Rail Transport Museum
4639 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales
4640 Standard1435mm Scrapped State Rail Authority of New South Wales State Rail Authority of New South Wales

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