V/Line G Class

The G Class is a 6-axle locomotive operated by various railroads in Australia. It may sound completely strange, but as I will describe in this post (and later posts about other similar locomotives in Australia); it is rather familiar to the typical North American rail fan. Originally for the V/Line in the State of Victoria, 33 units (30 in 4 ft. 8 1/2 in. standard gage, 3 in 5 ft. 3 in. Irish gage) have been built by Clyde Engineering since 1984. The G Class has a full width car body with cabs on either end of the locomotive. Prime mover is a familiar EMD 16-645. More technical information can be found through this link, where you will notice more familiar terms (a couple to spoil here are AR11 generators and D77 traction motors). The familiar looking truck (picture below) may also give you some clue to why we already know the G Class very well. Need I say more about the unit or shall I just leave it to the pictures? If you still have trouble figuring out what the hell it is that I'm trying to say here, please see the one last comment below the pictures (I don't want to leave anyone out, but we gotta have some fun and games sometimes ;-) ).

I wonder where else I've seen those trucks
The port holes may be another hint of North America

Yeah, the G Class is pretty much an upside down (well it's in Australia) SD40.


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