AB Class

 

AB Class unit 1535 at the opening of Stage 1 of Wheatbelt Heritage Rail, 30 April 2017. Photo: WestAusMan98, Wikimedia Commons.

Road numbers:

AB1504

 

Operator:

Aurizon

 

Gauge:

1067 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1969

 

Number built:

6

 

Model:

G22C

 

Manufacturer:

Clyde Engineering

 

Manufacturing location:

Granville, NSW

 

Engine:

EMD 645E

 

Traction power:

1119 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

94.5 t

 

Length:

15.5 m

Six members of the AB Class entered service from 1969 with Western Australian Government Railways. They were most recently used for grain haulage in Western Australia. One was scrapped and three were exported for service overseas, while AB1535 is preserved by the Wheatbelt Heritage Discovery Centre. The remaining unit, AB1504, is now stored.