NR1 trials - September 1996

 
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

Around this time twenty five years ago during the last week of September 1996, NR1, still mainly  painted in primer, emerged from the Goninan factory in Newcastle and commenced a series of trials which culminated in a heavy load trial over the Liverpool range. Three of the small number of 442 class locos still in service at the time formed part of the consist.
Enjoy,
BW


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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
That, gentlemen, is history!
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
And a credit to the Cab Committee and Goninan's that the same design has been utilized on every loco they've built since then. Having worked everything rom the 48's through the PN Class, 92's & TT's to the latest off-the-shelf US loco's, the NR/92 Class cab wins hands down.
  Fatty Deputy Commissioner

Location: Narrabri
And a credit to the Cab Committee and Goninan's that the same design has been utilized on every loco they've built since then. Having worked everything rom the 48's through the PN Class, 92's & TT's to the latest off-the-shelf US loco's, the NR/92 Class cab wins hands down.
KRviator
Yep, the NR has the best cab I've ever worked in.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

And a credit to the Cab Committee and Goninan's that the same design has been utilized on every loco they've built since then. Having worked everything rom the 48's through the PN Class, 92's & TT's to the latest off-the-shelf US loco's, the NR/92 Class cab wins hands down.
Yep, the NR has the best cab I've ever worked in.
Fatty
People deserve to have a comfortable work area. Although 25 years young, the NRs prove if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  Booly Junior Train Controller

I must admit im a GM/ EMD fan , but you have to admire the NR'S . Whilst talking to a mate who is a driver for PN he said some  have over 6 million k's on the clock and still going strong ! (Even though they maybe on the 2nd or 3rd  engine)
  Fatty Deputy Commissioner

Location: Narrabri
I must admit im a GM/ EMD fan , but you have to admire the NR'S . Whilst talking to a mate who is a driver for PN he said some  have over 6 million k's on the clock and still going strong ! (Even though they maybe on the 2nd or 3rd  engine)
Booly
Most of them are close to the 6 million km mark.
  Booly Junior Train Controller

6 million k's , Aussie & made !
Wonder when PN lose the blue scope contract at the end of the year if we will start to see NR's start to appear on grain traffic.
Could it be the death knell of the DL's & some high mileage 81's ?
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
Practically speaking though, the only thing that would have 6,000,000km on it would be the frame, bogies and carbody and the core electrics. Everything else, from the wheelsets & traction motors to the compressor & diesel engine are probably on their 3rd or 4th iteration, like grandpa's axe. 4 different handles and 3 heads, but it's still grandpa's original axe. Wink
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Practically speaking though, the only thing that would have 6,000,000km on it would be the frame, bogies and carbody and the core electrics. Everything else, from the wheelsets & traction motors to the compressor & diesel engine are probably on their 3rd or 4th iteration, like grandpa's axe. 4 different handles and 3 heads, but it's still grandpa's original axe. Wink
KRviator
6 million clicks in 25 years, they been worked pretty hard, what would be the mileage on some of the oldest B class or GMs after 60+ years of operations?
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Practically speaking though, the only thing that would have 6,000,000km on it would be the frame, bogies and carbody and the core electrics. Everything else, from the wheelsets & traction motors to the compressor & diesel engine are probably on their 3rd or 4th iteration, like grandpa's axe. 4 different handles and 3 heads, but it's still grandpa's original axe. Wink
6 million clicks in 25 years, they been worked pretty hard, what would be the mileage on some of the oldest B class or GMs after 60+ years of operations?
michaelgm
Nowhere near.

GM 1 took 24 years (late 1951 - mid 1975) to reach 4,830,000 km between Port Pirie Junction, Kalgoorlie and Marree. This is an interesting comparison with the NRs which have always run nationwide in a similar timeframe and with far more train services which should have provided greater utilisation.

By 1975 the 6-motor GMs and the CLs were taking over many of GM 1's tasks but the NRs look like soldiering on for years to come.

Not that it will ever happen I would like to see an honest whole of life comparison between the equivalent EMD and GE products.

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