L Class

 

L class locomotives LZ3106 and LZ3103 in QR National ‘pineapple’ colour scheme, 17 February 2015. Photo: EurovisionNim, Wikimedia Commons.

Road numbers:

LZ3103, LZ3105–7, L3108, LZ3109, L3110, LZ3111–12, L3113, LZ3114, L3115–16, LZ3117, L3118, LZ3119, LQ3121

 

Operator:

Aurizon

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1967

 

Number built:

25

 

Model:

GT26C

 

Manufacturer:

Clyde Engineering; Commonwealth Engineering

 

Manufacturing location:

Granville, NSW; Rocklea, Qld

 

Engine:

EMD 645E3C

 

Traction power:

2237 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

137.2 t

 

Length:

19.4 m

The L Class was the most powerful diesel locomotive type in Australia when introduced by Western Australian Government Railways in 1967. They were used in freight and passenger service on standard gauge tracks in Western Australia. Some were later rebuilt as LQ and LZ Class units. Most continue to be used in Western Australia, but some have seen service in other states.