English Electric Growl 

Classes: 1300 class

1300 class

© English Electric Growl / Luke Cossins

Queensland, Australia

On 23rd December 1986, 1300 class no. 1311 leads another 1300 or 1320 class engine and a bulk grain consist into the Normanby marshalling yards.

© Luke Cossins

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Introduced
1967-1969
Manufacturer
English Electric Australia, Rocklea Works, Brisbane, Queensland.
Running Numbers
1300-1319
Number Built
20
Information

All locos were exported to Tasmania, some were reclassified as ZC class.

Locomotive Status
Status
Total
Scrapped
6
Reclassified
14
Total
20
Engine
English Electric 12CSVT MKII
Main Generator
English Electric 822/16J
Auxiliary Generator
English Electric 755
Traction Motors
English Electric 548 x 6
Locomotive Brakes
Air, Rheostatic
Train Brakes
Air
Wheel Arrangement
Co-Co
 
Imperial Metric
Gauge  
 3ft 6in
 1067 mm
Minimum Curve  
 264 ft 0 in
 80467 mm
Length  
 51 ft 6 in
 15687 mm
Width  
 9 ft 3 in
 2820 mm
Height  
 12 ft 4 in
 3772 mm
Weight  
 88 tons
 89.8 tonnes
Fuel Capacity  
 1200 Gallons
 5455 litres
Power Rating  
 1950 / 1795 HP
 1454 / 1339 kW
Tractive Effort (Start)  
 62,000 lbs
 276 kN
Tractive Effort (Cont)  
 50,400 lbs at 10 mph
 224 kN at 17.4 km/h
Speed  
 60 mph
 96 km/h

The primary use for the 1300 class was for to transport coal from the Moura and Blackwater mines, although it was not uncommon to find them on other duties, such as general freight services. All 20 members of the class were based at Gladstone depot and became known as the "Poms", along with the 25 1320 class members, after their English Electric name.

These versatile locomotives worked in every part of the state, after being displaced from their coal duties by the Clyde/GM loco's in the 1970's, until the late 1980's when it was decided by QR that it was going to "standarise" its locomotive fleet on the Clyde/GM loco's and would therefore dispose of the English Electric locomotives.

During 1987 the Australian National Railway Commission in Tasmania, purchased the 16 locomotives of the 2350 & 2370 classes from Queensland and were still in the market to obtain additional motive power. Towards the end of 1988 all 20 members of the 1300 class, including some that had been stored and heavily stripped of parts, were sold to the ANRC and shipped to Tasmania, some becoming the ZC class across the water.

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This page was last updated on Sunday March 11th 2018