English Electric 1200 Class

The 1200 class was introduced in 1953. They were built at the Vulcan Foundry in the UK by English Electric and then imported to Australia. They were the only full width body loco used in Queensland.

The class were allocated to Mayne in Brisbane, and were worked from this yard their entire career. They were found hauling the ‘Sunlander’ and the ‘Sunshine Express’ trains between Brisbane and Cairns, but could also be found on the ‘Westlander’ between Brisbane and Roma.

A characteristic addition to the 1200 and 1250 class locomotives was a sun visor to help reduce glare 8 years after their construction in 1961.

By 1976, the last 1200 class turned a wheel in service.

1200 has been preserved in non-working order by the Australian Railway Historical Society Qld Division, and is currently stored at Redbank Workshops out in the open. It is thought this locomotive will require a replacement engine to be able to turn a wheel again.

1225 Notes

In 1984, 1208 was rebuilt into 1225. The rebuild used parts from 1252 and 1253, while the body was change to resemble a 1250 class loco. It earned the nickname ‘Hybrid’ after this work. 1225 remained in service until 1987, working mainly on the Wallangarra line. The loco is now privately owned, and is currently under active restoration by the Queensland Diesel Group. It will be moved to Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway at Swanbank for these works in mid-2010.

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Technical Details
Model Number??
BuilderEnglish Electric/Vulcan (1200-1209)
Redbank Workshops (1225)
Locomotive Numbers1200-1209; 1225
Number in Class10
Introduced1953
GaugeNarrow Gauge (1,067mm or 3' 6")
AxlesOº-Oº-Oº Oº-Oº-Oº
Co-Co
Length16.72m
Mass90t
EngineEE 12SVT
Generator/AlternatorEE 828
Traction MotorsEE 525
Power962kW / 1290HP
Starting Tractive Effort222kN @ 30% adhesion
Continuous Tractive Effort133kN @ 20km/h
Speed80km/h (50mph)
Preserved Locomotives
LocomotiveOwnerLocation
1200ARHS-Qld DivisionRedbank LMD
1225Privately OwnedRedbank LMD
Class Roster

Reference/s


'Locopage' by John Cleverdon
'Locomotives of the Tropics - Vol. 3' by John Armstrong 2003



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