49 Class

 

4906 at Valley Heights, New South Wales, 27 September 2014. 4906 was used on the rear of steam shuttles operating from Valley Heights to Katoomba and return.

Road numbers:

4904, 4908, 4910–11, 4917

 

Operator:

Southern Shorthaul Railroad

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1960

 

Number built:

18

 

Model:

G8C

 

Manufacturer:

Clyde Engineering

 

Manufacturing location:

Granville, NSW

 

Engine:

EMD 567CR

 

Traction power:

652 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

81.3 t

 

Length:

14.1 m

The 49 Class had their initial service in western New South Wales, where their introduction led to the dieselisation of the line between Parkes and Broken Hill. They later operated in the Sydney metropolitan area. Three were renumbered as the KL Class, and a further two as the MM Class for service with the Manildra Group. 4904 was renumbered as KL80 but was later renumbered back to 4904. Five are in operation with Southern Shorthaul Railroad.