NZR DE class
NZR DE class NZR DE class 504 in service for Taieri Gorge Railway, shunting at Dunedin. Power type Diesel-electric Builder English Electric, Preston, United Kingdom Build date 1951–1952 UIC classification Bo-Bo Gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) Cape gauge Length 11.6 metres (38 ft 1 in) Locomotive weight 52.0 tonnes (51.2 long tons; 57.3 short tons) Fuel type Diesel Prime mover English Electric 6SRKT Mk 1 Top speed 97 km/h (60 mph) Power output 490 kW (660 hp) Tractive effort 54 kN (12,000 lbf) Number in class 15 Number 501–515 (original)
First run 1952 Last run 1989 Retired 1987–1989 Disposition 8 scrapped
1 in service
The NZR DE class is a New Zealand class of shunting diesel-electric locomotives. The New Zealand Railways intended to replace steam locomotives for shunting duties with this class. They are physically similar to the Tasmanian Government Railways X class, which were also of English Electric design.
A number of the DEs were used in pairs (each locomotive crewed) on the Royal Trains when Queen Elizabeth the Second visited New Zealand in 1953. The class was also used for suburban passenger trains in Auckland and Wellington.
The class was initially based in the North Island, but at four of the class were sent to the South Island in 1981. The class was slowly dispersed to secondary yards on the New Zealand network, such as Napier, Dunedin and Invercargill.
As part of the New Zealand Railways Corporation plan to reduce the number of first-generation diesels in the late 1980s, a number of the class were scrapped or sold for preservation. Two locomotives have been preserved by the Diesel Traction Group at Ferrymead, two at Glenbrook Vintage Railway, and two at the Silver Stream Railway. One locomotive remains in service for the Taieri Gorge Railway in Dunedin.
Key: In service Out of service Auckland Transport service Preserved Overhaul Scrapped Original no. TMS no. Introduced Current status Notes 501 1308[n 1] May 1952 February 1987 Scrapped in 1990. 502 1314 June 1952 Written off 1986. 503 1320 July 1952 Written off 1988. 504 1337 July 1952 Written off 1989. In service for the Taieri Gorge Railway 505 1343 August 1952 Written off 1984. Preserved by Silver Stream Railway 506 1366 December 1952 Withdrawn 1980s. Scrapped in 1990. 507 1372[n 2] August 1952 Written off 1988 Preserved by Glenbrook Vintage Railway 508 1389 December 1952 January 1989 Preserved by Silver Stream Railway. 509 1395 February 1953 February 1988 Preserved by Glenbrook Vintage Railway 510 1406 February 1953 Written off 1987 511 1412 August 1952 Written off 1987 Preserved by Diesel Traction Group, Ferrymead. 512 1429 December 1952 Written off 1987. Preserved by Diesel Traction Group, Ferrymead 513 1435 August 1952 Written off 1987 514 1441 June 1953 Written off 1984 Scrapped in 1990 515 1458 September 1953 December 1988 Written off 1989
- "NZR Locomotives and Railcars 1983". T A McGavin. New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society : Wellington, New Zealand : 1983.
- "New Zealand Railway Diesels". E J McClare. Southern Press : Wellington, New Zealand.
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