1720 Class

 

1720 Class locomotive No. 1725 is the second unit on the Brisbane-bound Spirit of the Outback, Landsborough railway station, 14 July 2020.

Road numbers:

1720, 1723, 1724D–5D, 1730, 1732–4, 1735D, 1736–8, 1744, 1745D, 1746, 1751–4, 1756, 1758, 1764, 1770D, 1771, 1774

 

Operator:

Aurizon (1730, 1733, 1735D, 1736–7, 1753, 1756, 1758, 1770D); Progress Rail (1720); Queensland Rail (1723, 1724D–5D, 1732, 1734, 1738, 1744, 1745D, 1746, 1751–2, 1754, 1764, 1771, 1774)

 

Gauge:

1067 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1966

 

Number built:

56

 

Model:

GL18C

 

Manufacturer:

Commonwealth Engineering/Clyde Engineering

 

Manufacturing location:

Eagle Farm, Qld

 

Engine:

EMD 645E

 

Traction power:

746 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

62.5 t

 

Length:

12.3 m

Built for use on Brisbane suburban services, the 1720 Class were eventually used in a range of light duties throughout Queensland. They continue to operate in shunting, light freight and passenger service. Units 1734, 1771 and 1774 have a colour scheme with an indigenous design for use on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.