B Class          

 

Southern Shorthaul Railroad locomotive B61 in streamliners livery, Lithgow, New South Wales, 29 December 2016.

Road numbers:

B61, B65, B75–6, B80

 

Operator:

CFCL Australia (B76, B80); Southern Shorthaul Railroad (B61, B65, B75)

 

Gauge:

1435 mm; 1600 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1952

 

Number built:

26

 

Model:

ML-2

 

Manufacturer:

Clyde Engineering

 

Manufacturing location:

Granville, NSW

 

Engine:

EMD 567B

 

Traction power:

1119 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

113.2 t

 

Length:

18.1 m

Bearing a cab with streamlined nose at each end, the B Class were the first mainline diesels to enter service with Victorian Railways. They were the first class of diesel locomotives in Australia to have a Co-Co wheel arrangement, which soon became standard on mainline diesel locomotives. Eleven of the class were rebuilt as the A Class during the 1980s. B76 and B80 are on hire to Qube. B61 was painted in ‘Streamliners’ livery in 2016.