X Class

 

Pacific National train consisting of X class locomotive X31 and cement hopper wagons, Grovedale, Victoria, 27 April 2007. Photo: Wongm, Wikimedia Commons.

Road numbers:

X45–X52, X54

 

Operator:

Aurizon (X54); Pacific National (X45–6, X48–50, X52); SCT Logistics (X47, X51)

 

Gauge:

1435 mm; 1600 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1966

 

Number built:

24

 

Model:

G16C (X31–6 ); G26C (X37–54)

 

Manufacturer:

Clyde Engineering

 

Manufacturing location:

Granville, NSW; Rosewater, SA

 

Engine:

EMD 645E

 

Traction power:

1342 kW (X31–6); 1491 kW (X37–54)

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

113.8 t (X31–6); 116.0 t (X37–54)

 

Length:

17.4 m

Introduced by the Victorian Railways, most initial service of the X Class was on the standard gauge line between Melbourne and Albury, but they later operated in other areas. X31–6 entered service in 1966. Units X37 onwards were introduced from 1970 and had more powerful engines than the first six deliveries. A number of the class continue in service with Pacific National and Aurizon on standard gauge and broad gauge lines, while SCT has two for shunting purposes.