WAGR C class (diesel)

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Western Australian Government Railways C class
C1702 at Busselton with a Hotham Valley Railway tour train in March 1986
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderEnglish Electric, Rocklea
Build date1962
Total produced3
 • UICCo-Co Co′Co′
Gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Wheel diameter1.02 m (3 ft 4 in)
Length15.09 m (49 ft 6 in)
Loco weight90 long tons (91 t; 100 short tons)
Fuel typeDiesel
Prime moverEnglish Electric 12CSVT
GeneratorEnglish Electric 822
Traction motorsEnglish Electric 548
Performance figures
Power output1,535 hp (1,140 kW)
OperatorsWestern Australian Government Railways
Number in class3
First runSeptember 1962
PreservedC1701, C1702, C1703
DispositionAll 3 preserved

The C class are a class of diesel locomotives built by English Electric, Rocklea for the Western Australian Government Railways in 1962.


The C class was developed from the Queensland Railways 1250 class. The three members of the class entered service in 1962.[1][2]

They initially hauled passenger services including The Australind, The Kalgoorlie and The Westland before being relegated to hauling suburban passenger services in Perth and shunting at Avon, Forestfield and Geraldton. The last was withdrawn by Westrail in the March 1992 with all three preserved. C1703 is accredited for mainline operation and is periodically used on infrastructure trains.[3]


  1. ^ C class Diesel Locomotives Hotham Valley Railway
  2. ^ C Class (diesel, WA) Railpage
  3. ^ Oberg, Leon (2010). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-2010s. Kenthurst: Rosenberg Publishing. p. 325. ISBN 9781921719011.
  • Gunzburg, Adrian (1968). WAGR Locomotives 1940–1968. Perth: Australian Railway Historical Society (Western Australian Division). pp. 32, 48. OCLC 219836193.
  • Milne, Rod (1998). Westrail's English Electric Experience (The English Electric locomotives of the WAGR). Elizabeth, SA: Railmac Publications. ISBN 0958650098.

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C1702 at the Hotham Valley Railway in September 2011