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D34 was a one-off purchase by Australian Iron & Steel for coal haulage. As the other English Electric locomotives in the AI&S fleet were not equipped for multiple-unit work, when working in multiple, each locomotive had to be crewed. With this in mind, AI&S turned to English Electric once again for a solution.
With a heavier frame, D34 would prove to be the heaviest locomotive in the AI&S fleet, but it quickly proved itself up to the task of hauling heavy coal trains to and from Wongawilli and Mt Keira.
During 2007, Bluescope transferred all above-rail operations to Pacific National with the exception of D34, which had been relegated to steelworks shunting duties by the 81 Class. The loco was later offered for sale, and was purchased by the Lithgow State Mine heritage group in 2011.
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