V Class (Freight Australia)

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Following the collision of G517 and G518 in Ararat yard in 1999, Freight Australia ordered a single GT46AC from EDI Rail who had purchased Clyde Engineering. It was built at their Cardiff Locomotive Workshops in 2002.

Numbered V544, it was named after Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer. It was included in the sale of the business to Pacific National in February 2004. The locomotive initially operated interstate freight duties, primarily the SCT Logistics service from Melbourne to Perth. 

In late 2007 V544 moved to haul Leigh Creek to Port Augusta coal trains in South Australia, servicing the Playford B and Northern power stations.

Source: Wikipedia


Introduced 2002
Wheel arrangement Co-Co
Manufactured by EDI Rail, Cardiff, New South Wales
Traction type Diesel-Electric
Number in database 1
Length 22.00 metres
Weight 134.0 tonnes
Tractive effort 3,840hp
Production model GT46C
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Fleet status

Road number Gauge Status Last owner Last operator / caretaker
V544 Standard1435mm Operational Pacific National Pacific National

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