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)
1308–1458 (TMS)
First run 1952
Last run 1989
Retired 1987–1989
Disposition 8 scrapped
6 preserved
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.

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Introduction

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.

Withdrawal

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.

Class register

Key: In service Out of service Auckland Transport service Preserved Overhaul Scrapped
Original no. TMS no. Introduced Current status Notes
501 1308[n 1] 01952-05 May 1952 01987-02 February 1987 Scrapped in 1990.
502 1314 01952-06 June 1952 Written off 1986.
503 1320 01952-07 July 1952 Written off 1988.
504 1337 01952-07 July 1952 Written off 1989. In service for the Taieri Gorge Railway
505 1343 01952-08 August 1952 Written off 1984. Preserved by Silver Stream Railway
506 1366 01952-12 December 1952 Withdrawn 1980s. Scrapped in 1990.
507 1372[n 2] 01952-08 August 1952 Written off 1988 Preserved by Glenbrook Vintage Railway
508 1389 01952-12 December 1952 01989-01 January 1989 Preserved by Silver Stream Railway.
509 1395 01953-02 February 1953 01988-02 February 1988 Preserved by Glenbrook Vintage Railway
510 1406 01953-02 February 1953 Written off 1987
511 1412 01952-08 August 1952 Written off 1987 Preserved by Diesel Traction Group, Ferrymead.
512 1429 01952-12 December 1952 Written off 1987. Preserved by Diesel Traction Group, Ferrymead
513 1435 01952-08 August 1952 Written off 1987
514 1441 01953-06 June 1953 Written off 1984 Scrapped in 1990
515 1458 01953-09 September 1953 01988-12 December 1988 Written off 1989
  1. ^ Originally numbered 1936.
  2. ^ Originally numbered 1994.

References

  • "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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