Y Class

 

Shunter Y129 near Southern Cross station, Melbourne, 22 December 2015.

Road numbers:

Y115, Y119, Y124, Y129, Y134, Y136, Y142, Y147, Y148, Y151–2, Y156–7, Y161, Y163, Y165, Y169, Y171, Y174

 

Operator:

BlueScope Steel (Y148); Downer EDI (Y134, Y136); Ettamogah Rail Hub (Y115, Y119, Y124, Y142, Y147, Y151, Y157, Y169, Y171, Y174); Pacific National (Y152, Y165); V/Line Passenger (Y129, Y156, Y161, Y163)

 

Gauge:

1435 mm; 1600 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1963

 

Number built:

75

 

Model:

G6B

 

Manufacturer:

Clyde Engineering

 

Manufacturing location:

Granville, NSW

 

Engine:

EMD 567C (Y101–50); EMD 645E (Y151–75)

 

Traction power:

447 kW (Y101–50); 559 kW (Y151–75)

 

Wheel arrangement:

Bo-Bo

 

Weight:

65.0 t

 

Length:

12.2 m

The Y Class entered service with Victorian Railways in 1963, eventually comprising 75 units. They were mostly used in shunting service, but also saw a range of other duties, including extensive work on rural branch lines. The last 25 units were built with more powerful engines than the first 50. Most were withdrawn in the 1980s and 1990s, but a number remain in service with a variety of operators on standard and broad gauge tracks.