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Most of the L Class fleet is now owned by Aurizon, with three units (former ATN-Access) owned by Pacific National, based in Parkes. Aurizon maintains a fleet of three L Class in NSW for export grain operations, with the rest remaining in their home state of WA.
We identify rebuilt and renumbered locomotives from this class as well as other classes with similar mechanical configurations and present those classes below.
|Manufactured by||Clyde Engineering - Granville, New South Wales|
|Number in database||25|
|Date||24 May 2014 20:34|
|Previous description||A development of the North American SD40 for the Western Australian loading gauge, these were the first 3000hp diesel electric locomotives in Australia.|
|New description||As the GM1 Class was based on the US EMD F7 model, so too was the L Class based on the SD40, adapted for Australian conditions. When introduced, the L Class had the distinction of being the largest and most powerful units on any government operated railway in the country. Two additional L Class were financed by a private company (The Western Mining Co) for use on nickel traffic, while another "L Class" was sourced by Westrail when R1002 (Lw276, now LZ3120) was rendered surplus by Comalco with the purchase of more modern motive power. The final "L Class" is R1001, now renumbered as L277 by Australian Locolease, also an ex-Comalco/Rio Tinto unit. The ex Comalco units are not true L Class, being significantly heavier than the original WAGR units, and missing dynamic braking. Most of the L Class fleet is now owned by Aurizon, with three units (former ATN-Access) owned by Pacific National, based in Parkes. Aurizon maintains a fleet of three L Class in NSW for export grain operations, with the rest remaining in their home state of WA.|
|Number in database||25|
|Renumbered||21||L252 L253 L255 L256 L257 L258 L259 L260 L261 L262 L263 L264 L265 L266 L267 L268 L271 L272 L273 L274 L275|
|Scrapped||3||L251 L269 L270|
|Road number||Gauge||Status||Last owner||Last operator / caretaker|
|L251||Standard1435mm||Scrapped||Pacific National||Pacific National|
|L254||Standard1435mm||Stored||Pacific National||Pacific National|
|L265||Standard1435mm||Renumbered||Australian Railroad Group||Australian Railroad Group|
|L270||Standard1435mm||Scrapped||Pacific National||Pacific National|
|L271||Standard1435mm||Renumbered||QR National||QR National|
Please note - in the case of scrapped, renumbered or rebuilt locomotives, the last operator or owner is listed.
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