Last ‘Streamliner’ bows out

IT IS likely the last loco in the world from a long series of streamlined diesel locos based on General Motors classic ‘E’ and ‘F’ type has ceased working scheduled passenger trains.

The ‘E’ and ‘F’ types were first introduced in the USA in 1937 and 1939, respectively.

Several thousand ‘E’ and ‘F’ type diesel locos – with their distinctive bulldog noses – were built for North American railroads and also export, with licensed versions built and supplied to multiple operators in Europe and Australia.

V/Line No. A 66 – complete with chalk commemorative inscription – at Bacchus Marsh on August 23, having worked its final outbound Melbourne to Bacchus Marsh train, the 16.10 from Melbourne Southern Cross. The loco worked back to Melbourne the next day and was stored on August 26 after operating a rail tour. DARREN WOOD

Victoria state passenger operator V/Line used its last remaining ‘A’ Class loco – No. A66 – for the last time in scheduled passenger service on August 24. The loco was used for a rail tour two days later and then stored pending preservation.

The former Victorian Railways 1,600mm-gauge ‘A’ Class locos were built by Clyde Engineering under license from General Motors in 1952/53 as ‘B’ Class Co-Co locos with 16-cylinder EMD 567 1,500hp engines.

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