This class of rail motor was the first production vehicle to break the monopoly of the steam traction on NSW railways. The numerous nature of the class also made them a common site on rail lines in outback NSW during 1920’s to the early 1970’s. They provided the first regular passenger train services to many NSW country towns as branch lines were opened. Their service life of over 60 years and the many technical changes applied to them during their operational lives, while still retaining their basic configuration and purpose, gives credit to the solidity of the original design. Many survive in preservation groups and those in operational condition are set to “soldier on” well into the 21st century. Click here for more information.

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