BL Class

 

BL30 running light engine, arriving at Broken Hill, 14 July 2009.

Road numbers:

BL26–35

 

Operator:

Pacific National

 

Gauge:

1435 mm; 1600 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1984

 

Number built:

10

 

Model:

JT26C-2SS

 

Manufacturer:

Clyde Engineering

 

Manufacturing location:

Rosewater, SA

 

Engine:

EMD 645E3B

 

Traction power:

2237 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

127.6 t

 

Length:

19.8 m

Similar to the New South Wales 81 Class, the BL Class entered service with Australian National (successor to Commonwealth Railways) in 1984. They have been used on standard and broad gauge tracks. Now owned by Pacific National, they are mainly used for freight service in New South Wales and Victoria.