When the VR required further branch line locomotives they again approached Clyde Engineering to purchase more T Class locomotives. The third series would differ again from the first two series, with the short-end hood lowered to improve crew visibility. As a result, the third series were delivered with one control stand positioned for long-end leading operation, with the rationale being that the improved visibility would remove the need for a second control stand as the driver could remain in the same position even when leading with the short-end.
T397 and T398 would be identical to the other third series T Class that preceded them, whilst T399 to T406 would be delivered with a heavier EMD 8-645E engine, which increased the weight of the locomotive accordingly whilst providing an additional 225hp. These heavier T Classes would be given the designation G18B, to distinguish them from the earlier G8B model.
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||10|
|Tractive effort||875hp (T397, T398) or 1000hp (T399 to T406)|
|Production model||G8B (T397, T398) or G18B (T399 to T406)|
|Number in database||10|
|Renumbered||3||T401 T405 T406|
|Scrapped||3||T397 T398 T403|
|Road number||Gauge||Status||Last owner||Last operator / caretaker|
|T397||Broad1600mm||Scrapped||Victorian Railways||Victorian Railways|
|T399||Broad1600mm||Stored||Victorian Railways||Victorian Railways|
|T400||Broad1600mm||Operational||Pacific National||Pacific National|
|T401||Broad1600mm||Renumbered||Freight Australia||Freight Australia|
|T402||Broad1600mm||Stored||Pacific National||Pacific National|
|T403||Broad1600mm||Scrapped||Australian National||Australian National|
|T404||Standard1435mm||Operational||SCT Logistics||SCT Logistics|
|T405||Broad1600mm||Renumbered||Victorian Railways||Victorian Railways|
|T406||Broad1600mm||Renumbered||Freight Australia||Freight Australia|
Please note - in the case of scrapped, renumbered or rebuilt locomotives, the last operator or owner is listed.
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