C Class

 

C502, Goulburn, New South Wales, 4 July 2010.

Road numbers:

C502–10

 

Operator:

CFCL Australia (C502–3, C508); Southern Shorthaul Railroad (C504–7, C509–10)

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1977

 

Number built:

10

 

Model:

GT26C

 

Manufacturer:

Clyde Engineering

 

Manufacturing location:

Rosewater, SA

 

Engine:

EMD 645E3

 

Traction power:

2237 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

134.2 t

 

Length:

19.4 m

The C Class units were the most powerful locomotives in service with Victorian Railways when they first entered service in 1977. They were obtained for heavy freight main line service in Victoria, but also hauled passenger trains at times. They were used on broad and standard gauge, but all are now on standard gauge tracks. Nine remain in service with CFCL Australia and Southern Shorthaul Railroad, while class leader C501 is owned by Seymour Railway Heritage Centre.