L Class (VR, Electric)

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Description

The L Class were ordered as part of Operation Phoenix, Victorian Railways' £80 million upgrade and renewal programme for their worn-out fleet and infrastructure. They were built for hauling passenger and freight trains along the Gippsland line, including heavy briquette trains. 

The 25 members of the L Class fleet were built by English Electric and were delivered between April 1953 and August 1954, however because the electrification of the Gippsland line wasn't completed until 1956 twelve members of the class were placed directly into storage. 

Ultimately they were an orphan of the VR, and later V/Line, locomotive fleets. The electrification of Victoria's railway network was never extended to other lines, and indeed the Gippsland line was never completely electrified. Both these conditions required Gippsland line trains to change locomotives throughout the journey, which added time and operational cost to the running of trains. As the 1980s drew to a close V/Line withdrew the fleet from service and set about de-wiring the Gippsland line in stages. 

Several members of the class have been preserved, with one in operational condition.

Datasheet

Introduced 1952
Wheel arrangement Co-Co
Manufactured by English Electric
Traction type Electric (DC)
Number in database 25
Length 17.98 m
Weight 97 tons 1 cwt (217,400 lb or 98.6 t)
Tractive effort 47,000 lbf (209.1 kN) starting, 25,200 lbf (112.1 kN) continuous
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Fleet status

Road number Gauge Status Last owner Last operator / caretaker
L1150 Broad1600mm Preserved - Static VicTrack Heritage ARHS Victoria
L1151 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1152 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1153 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1154 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1155 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1156 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1157 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1158 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1159 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1160 Broad1600mm Stored VicTrack Heritage Steamrail Victoria
L1161 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1162 Broad1600mm Preserved - Operational VicTrack Heritage Steamrail Victoria
L1163 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1164 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1165 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1166 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1167 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1168 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1169 Broad1600mm Stored VicTrack Heritage Steamrail Victoria
L1170 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1171 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1172 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1173 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line
L1174 Broad1600mm Scrapped V/Line V/Line

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