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In another first for the Avoca line after the MBRP, the afternoon of the 11th of August 2019 saw the arrival of the 4,000hp NR Class GE's to the cross country route between Ararat and Maryborough, with NR87 and NR94 the locos involved. Due to their weight, the duo were restricted to 5000 litres of fuel in order to remain at or below 129 tonnes.
The purpose of the visit was to perform brake holding tests with a loaded train on the Avoca line, ahead of the class' rumoured introduction on trains on the route. The loaded train came in the form of a rake of VHAF/VHGF grain hoppers ex Murrayville, running as 7938V, which also provided the rare (for Victoria) sight of NR's on a grain train.
Also of note was that when the NR's rolled onto the Avoca line was that they became the most powerful locos to yet appear on the line, and indeed anywhere along the route to Mildura.
Trains seen in order are:
D735V- NR87 and NR94
7938V- NR94 and NR87
This article first appeared on www.railpage.com.au
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