1800 Class

The Gulflander at Blackbull, 9 July 2008. RM93 leads 1800 Class trailers TP1809 and TP1811.

Road numbers:

TP1809, TP1811

 

Operator:

Queensland Rail

 

Gauge:

1067 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1953

 

Number built:

24

 

Manufacturer:

Commonwealth Engineering

 

Manufacturing location:

Granville, NSW

 

Engine:

None

 

Traction power:

None

 

Weight:

13.4 t (1809); 23.2 t (1811)

 

Length:

13.1 m (1809); 14.6 m (1811)

 

Seats:

37 (1809); 45 (1811)

The 1800 Class are aluminium-body rail motors that were introduced in November 1952. All 24 were in operation by the end of June 1954, providing greater size and power than earlier rail motors in Queensland. A total of 12 power cars coded RM and 12 trailers coded TP entered service, and they generally operated as four-car trains. Most of their service was in regional areas, but they also operated in Brisbane. Number 1811 was built as a power car but became a motor inspection car in 1982. In 1992 it was converted to a trailer car for service on the Gulflander between Normanton and Croydon, along with 1809, which was built as a trailer car.