I've been told a near-complete 2701 was rolled out into the sun to be inspected by senior Aurizon staff in late December. Not sure what the results of that inspection was, that's the last I've heard. No photos of that event have surfaced.I was sent a photo from the event.
I've been told not to pass it on and not to say where it came from.
The locomotive body is complete and painted in the simplified yellow scheme.
There are no lights, no hand rails and the cowcatcher and front coupler are missing.
From the front it looks just like a 2300, of course.
At the rear, it looks like a larger radiator has been fitted extending to the rear where the toilet was located.
In the USA, 8-710ECO engines are often installed in GP40 cores with the same radiator as used by a 16-645E3, about 50% larger than that on a 2300. These require three cooling fans rather than two but my photo doesn't show any detail of the rear end.
Some drawings were seen showing a new toilet located at the rear of the engine in front of the radiator.
The new engine is four cylinders shorter (two cylinder spaces) than that of the 2300.
The photo shows some irregularity where the Aurizon symbol is located on the right side of the locomotive.
But basically it looks pretty much as you would expect.
I've heard that 2702 is a conversion from a 2170...