English Electric 1270 Class

The 1270 class were introduced into service in 1964. They were built by English Electric, Australia at Rocklea. The locomotives were English Electric’s first mainline hood units.

The 1270 class saw use for ore traffic on the Mt. Isa line and also coal traffic on the Moura line. They were also use in general freight traffic.

In July 1965, 1281 was painted in a special gold livery and was named ‘CENTURY’ to commemorate QR’s first century of operation. This loco has worn the special livery all its life. 1281 now resides at the Ipswich Workshops.

1270 has also been preserved and now resides at Ipswich Workshops in non-working order.


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Technical Details
Model NumberM153CX
BuilderEnglish Electric Australia, Rocklea
Locomotive Numbers1270-1299
Number in Class30
Introduced1964
GaugeNarrow Gauge (1,067mm or 3' 6")
AxlesOº-Oº-Oº Oº-Oº-Oº
Co-Co
Length16.13m
Mass85t
EngineEE 12SVT
Generator/AlternatorEE 822
Traction MotorsEE 525
Power1145kW / 1535HP
Starting Tractive Effort272kN @ 30% adhesion
Continuous Tractive Effort215kN @ 14km/h
Speed80km/h (50mph)
Preserved Locomotives
LocomotiveOwnerLocation
1270QR Heritage DivisionIpswich Workshops
1281QR Heritage DivisionIpswich Workshops
Named Locomotives
LocomotiveNamedComments
1281CENTURY1281 was named to mark the centenary of the first railway in Queensland
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