6000 Class

 

QR National (now Aurizon) locomotives 6003, 6007 and VL359 with an Adelaide-bound freight passing Belair, South Australia, 28 September 2012.

Road numbers:

6001–12, 6041–5

 

Operator:

Aurizon

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

2009

 

Number built:

14

 

Model:

C44aci

 

Manufacturer:

United Group Rail

 

Manufacturing location:

Broadmeadow, NSW

 

Engine:

GE 7FDL

 

Traction power:

3184 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

134.0 t (low); 139.2 (high)

 

Length:

20.8 m

The 6000 Class units use the C44aci production model first used with the 92 Class, but since used with other locomotive classes throughout Australia. Twelve units entered service in 2009 and 2010, and additional five arrived in 2017 and 2018. They have been used in a range of duties, including Hunter Valley coal working and Melbourne-Adelaide intermodal service. Six members of the class were reclassified as ACA Class for use in Western Australia, but later returned to their original designation.