Contributions by michaelgreenhill
The WAGR Y class diesel electric locomotives were introduced in 1953, and were operated by Western Australian Government Railways on their 3'6" 1067mm gauge network.
Eighteen locomotives were built by the British Thomson-Houston company, with the Clayton Equipment Company acting as sub contractor, and diesel engines supplied by Paxman. They were of the hood type, with a high short hood. They were fitted with driving controls for both directions.
Their Paxman 12RPHL diesel delivered 410 hp for traction into the BTH RTB8844 main generator supplying four BTH 124PV traction motors.
They were trialled on the Perth suburban network passenger services, but found to lack sufficient hauling capability (continuous tractive effort - only 40kN @ 19km/h) to maintain the timetable. They have been assigned to shunting, transfer and branch line work through their operational lives.
Like a lot of the Modernisation Era locomotive types in Britain, this was a design that was not perpetuated. Seven Y class locos have been preserved.
Sources include: Wikipedia, Locopage database, WAGR leaflet, Modern Railways, newsgroups and forums.
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||British Thomson-Houston, Rugby, UK|
|Number in database||18|
|Weight||38 ton, 39t|
|Tractive effort||102kN start, 40kN cont @ 19km/h|
|Production model||BTH 1850|
|Date||25 May 2014 08:42|
|Previous name||Y class (diesel, WA)|
|New name||Y class (WA, Diesel)|
|Number in database||18|
|Preserved - Operational||6||Y1102 Y1107 Y1108 Y1114 Y1115 Y1116|
|Preserved - Static||1||Y1101|
|Scrapped||11||Y1103 Y1104 Y1105 Y1106 Y1109 Y1110 Y1111 Y1112 Y1113 Y1117 Y1118|
|Road number||Gauge||Status||Last owner||Last operator / caretaker|
|Y1101||Narrow1067mm||Preserved - Static|
|Y1102||Narrow1067mm||Preserved - Operational|
|Y1107||Narrow1067mm||Preserved - Operational|
|Y1108||Narrow1067mm||Preserved - Operational|
|Y1114||Narrow1067mm||Preserved - Operational|
|Y1115||Narrow1067mm||Preserved - Operational|
|Y1116||Narrow1067mm||Preserved - Operational|
Please note - in the case of scrapped, renumbered or rebuilt locomotives, the last operator or owner is listed.
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