Port Adelaide Locomotives

   

English Electric 800 Bo-Bo Class Diesel- Electric Locomotive

Gillman Yard’s locomotives were "shunt engines” like this one. Built by English Electric, Rocklea, Queensland, in the Late 50’s and among the first diesel electric locomotives utilised by the South Australian Railways, their operational life ended with the readiness for privatisation of Australian National Railways, deemed unsuitable for main line working they were scrapped in the early 90’s.

The English Electric 800 Class locomotives hauled freight around the Adelaide metropolitan area and in later life were delegated to shunt engines in the Port Adelaide area doing a mixed roll of hauling local freight trains and shunting.

   

The term "shunt engine" is rail slang, meaning an engine / locomotive employed to move other locomotives or wagons around the various shunt yards and private sidings.

Class:

800 Class Diesel Electric

Builder:

English Electric, Rocklea, Queensland.

Ordered

1955

Delivered

1956 - 57

Number in Class:

10 (800 – 809) All scrapped except 801 in the National Railway Museum

Wheel Arrangement:

Bo-Bo

Guage

Broad

Wheel Diameter (Driven):

1.07 m

Total weight:

73.2 t

Fuel Capacity:

700 gallons. / 3180 litres

Maximum Speed:

97 km/h

Length (over coupling points):

44' 10" / 13.67 m

Maximum Axle Load:

18.3 t

Engine:

English Electric

 

EE 6 SRKT

 

6 Cylinder in line

Generator

EE 827

Traction Motors

EE 526/539

Number of  traction motors

4

Power:

485 kW

Power

660 kW / 885 Hp

Gear ratio:

56:15 or 65:15

Tractive Effort

Starting:

179 kN

 

Continuous:

102 kN at 14 km/h

Horsepower (Traction):

750

Note: Believe 800 (Serial No. A-001) had different traction motors which explains the horsepower difference (800 the only one)

Loco

Serial #

In Service

Withdrawn

Scrapped

Comments

800 (later 810)

A-001

5/1956

10/1991

8/1994

 

801

A-002

6/1956

12/1991

 

Preserved

802

A-003

7/1956

7/1991

8/1994

 

803

A-004

10/1956

7/1991

?

 

804

A-006

12/1956

10/1990

3/1992

 

805

A-008

2/1957

10/1991

6/1994

 

806

A-011

3/1957

12/1987

?

 

807

A-012

5/1957

11/1988

6/1994

 

808

A-015

7/1957

2/1991

3/1992

 

809

A-017

8/1957

5/1991

6/1994

 

Some of the facts & figures are supplied by John Cleverdon.
Please check John's pages for further information

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