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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.
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