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40 Class B1B-B1B diesel electric

The 40 class DE loco, were introduced to the NSW Railways as the first mainline diesel locomotives in 1954 (date?). 4001 had the honour of pulling the Royal Tour train in 1954 for the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. These locos were known by railway enthusiasts as "38 killers", because they were used to displace the 38 class from the main passenger trains of NSW. The 38s did, however, survive for another 14 years.

  • Image : dir=nsw/40class/ page=index 206249 bytes, 800x532 pixels
  • Date : 20 Nov 2010, catalogued 20 Jan 2011
  • Photographer : James Whitfield
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon EOS350D), image location DSC_0047m
  • Description : On Saturday 20 Nov 2010, diesel electric locomotive 4001 made its first run after restoration (in Royal Train Blue) with an assistance engine 44211. Shown here is the tour train departing Thirlmere. Thanks to James Whitfield for this historic photograph!

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