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 type Diesel-electric
Builder English Electric, Rocklea
Model M153C
Build date 1962
Total produced 3
 • AAR C-C
 • UIC Co-Co Co′Co′
Gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Wheel diameter 1.02 m (3 ft 4 in)
Length 15.09 m (49 ft 6 in)
Loco weight 90 long tons (91 t; 100 short tons)
Fuel type Diesel
Prime mover English Electric 12CSVT
Generator English Electric 822
Traction motors English Electric 548
Performance figures
Power output 1,535 hp (1,140 kW)
Operators Western Australian Government Railways
Number in class 3
Numbers C1701-C1703
First run September 1962
Preserved C1701, C1702, C1703
Disposition All 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 The last was withdrawn by Westrail in the March 1992 with all three preserved.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