422 Class

 

Aurizon locomotives 42202, X54 and LDP009 ease a container trip train from Yennora to Glenlee through the downhill section into Merrylands, New South Wales, 5 November 2013. Photo: Greg Wotton, Flickr Commons.

Road numbers:

42202, 42206

 

Operator:

Aurizon

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1969

 

Number built:

20

 

Model:

J26C

 

Manufacturer:

Clyde Engineering

 

Manufacturing location:

Granville, NSW

 

Engine:

EMD 645E

 

Traction power:

1491 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

109.7 t

 

Length:

17.2 m

The 422 Class was introduced by the Department of Railways, New South Wales, in 1969. They were the first class of Australian diesel locomotive to have a box cab at each end. Most of their service was on the Illawarra and Main South lines, including hauling interstate passenger trains and express freight services. Fourteen 422 Class units were later rebuilt and renumbered as the 22 Class, while 42203 became HL203 and 42220 became FL220. 42202 and 42206 were not rebuilt and are in service with Aurizon.