Walkers/ABB 3500/3600 Class

The 3500/3600 class locos were introduced into service in 1986 for use in the southern coal fields (Blackwater System). They were built by Clyde Engineering and Walkers Ltd. The electrical systems were supplied by ASEA Brown (now Adtranz/Bombardier).

All members of the 3500 & 3600 class are based at Callemondah on the outskirts of Gladstone. The 3500 class are fitted out as command locos (air-conditioning, locotrol, toilets, stove etc.) while the 3600s are used as slave/remote locos.

The 3500 and 3600 class locos occasionally make trips to Brisbane for attention on the wheel lathe at Mayne. They are treated as an out of gauge movement due to the ladders on the sides.


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Technical Details
Model NumberJAE29-B
BuilderClyde Engineering/Walkers Ltd, Maryborough
Locomotive Numbers3500 Class
3501-4,12,16,20,24,28,32,36,40,44,46

3600 Class
3605-7,9-11,13-15,17-19,21-23,25-27,29-31
Introduced1986
GaugeNarrow Gauge (1,067mm or 3' 6"
AxlesOº-Oº Oº-Oº Oº-Oº
Bo-Bo-Bo (Tri-Bo)
Length20.02m
Mass110t
Electrical EquipmentASEA Brown (now Adtranz/Bombardier)
Traction MotorsASEA LJM640-1
Power2900kW / 3870HP
Starting Tractive Effort375kN @ 30% adhesion
Continuous Tractive Effort260kN @ 40km/h
Speed80km/h (50mph)
Named Locomotives
LocomotiveNamedComments
3501Don LaneDon Lane was a Past Transport Minister
3503Doug MendozaDoug Mendoza was a past Railway Commissioner
3548City of GladstoneGladstone is a city central to the export coal trade
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