A ClassThe A Class diesel electric locomotive was rebuilt from the B Class locomotives between 1982 and 1984. There are four A Class Locomotives in the fleet which operate on the Ballarat and Bendigo commuter services and can reach a top speed of 115km/h.
The V/Line A Class Locomotives is commonly known as the “Bulldog Nose” due to the distinctively shaped face of the driver’s cabin.
The A Class has a rich association with Victoria’s recent history. In 1988 locomotive A66 was painted in a green and gold livery to celebrate Australia’s Bicentenary. The engine then received a second makeover to advertise the Melbourne’s 1996 Olympic Games bid. Four other locomotives have been named after former AFL players from 1984.
N Class The N Class diesel electric locomotive was introduced in 1985 and each engine has been named after a Victorian city. Today there are 25 in operation. They are the core of V/Line’s operating fleet and reach a top speed of 115km/h.
They were occasionally used on The Overland (a passenger train between Melbourne and Adelaide). Their large fuel capacity (a 6800 litre tank) enabled them to make the 828km trip without refuelling.
P ClassThe P Class diesel electric locomotive was rebuilt from the early model ‘flat top’ T Class locomotives in the 1980s. There are eight P Class locomotives in the V/Line fleet. They are used in push-pull mode with H-Carriages and can reach a top speed of 100km/h. The rebuild from the early model ‘flat top’ involved a new cab and car body, as well as an upgrade to the main generator, power generator and the engine.
Y Class Seventy-five Y Class locomotives were originally introduced in the mid to late 1960s. However the closure of branch lines across the state, the end of short pick-up goods trains, in addition to the comparably slow top speed of 65km/h meant that the use of the class dropped.
Withdrawals began in 1985 and large-scale scrapping was completed between 1991 and 1992. Today there are only four in the V/Line fleet. They are mostly used for shunting (moving carriages).
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