RL Class

 

RL304 and RL310 lead an intermodal container train on the Metropolitan Goods Line, heading northbound approaching Sydney’s Enfield Yard, 6 July 2013.

Road numbers:

RL301–7, RL309–10

 

Operator:

Qube Logistics (RL303, RL309–10); Southern Shorthaul Railroad (RL301–2, RL304–7)

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

2005

 

Number built:

9

 

Model:

AT36C

 

Manufacturer:

National Railway Equipment Company

 

Manufacturing location:

Islington, SA

 

Engine:

EMD 645F3B

 

Traction power:

2610 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

132.0 t

 

Length:

19.1 m

The RL Class were originally intended as rebuilds of the former New South Wales 442 Class, but eventually only a few 442 Class components were used. Manufacturing of these units was subcontracted by the National Railway Equipment Company to Rail Technical Services Group, and took place at Islington in Adelaide.  The first member of the class commenced running in 2005. Road number RL308 was planned but never used.  They operate in freight service with Qube Logistics and Southern Shorthaul Railroad.