English Electric 1600 Class

The 1600 class were introduced into service in 1962. They were built by English Electric Australia at their Rocklea Plant.

The 1600s were English Electrics first batch of branchline diesel-electrics to be used in Qld. They 1600s were all based at Alpha in the Central-West of the state.

All have now been withdrawn, with ¾ of the class scrapped. The other ¼ has been preserved by various preservation groups.

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Technical Details
Model NumberRSE92C
BuilderEnglish Electric Australia, Rocklea
Locomotive Numbers1600-1617
Number in Class18
GaugeNarrow Gauge (1,067mm or 3' 6")
AxlesOº-Oº-Oº Oº-Oº-Oº
Generator/AlternatorEE 827
Traction MotorsEE 540
Power625kW / 838HP
Starting Tractive Effort185kN @ 30% adhesion
Continuous Tractive Effort133kN @ 13km/h
Speed80km/h (50mph)
Preserved Locomotives
1603QR Heritage DivisionIpswich Workshops
1604ARHS-Qld DivisionRosewood Railway Museum
1613LongreachLongreach (static display)
1614ARHS-Qld DivisionArcher Park Museum, Rockhampton
1616Queensland Pioneer Steam RailwayBox Flat (Swanbank)
Class Roster