49 Class Co-Co diesel electric

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  • Date : Jan 1985
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13123
  • Description :
    A pair of 49class hauling a string of wheat hoppers near Dubbo. (Thanks to Wayne Coleman for correcting my previous catalog entry for this photo, and for information on how to distinguish 45 and 49 class.)
    Well, that was too easy. Lachlan Baird has written to say:
    I think in fact you'll find these two 49s are in fact 47 class. The Yellow banding on the 47's was quite a lot lower then on the 49s. If you compare the banding on these two 47s it's a lot lower then on other 49s in the indian red scheme.
    The profile of the nose on the no 1 end is also lower then 49's.
    The vent on the sides of the number 2 end of a 49 can easily been seen through, however as in the pic, 47s have a much closer hatched grill on the no 2 end and cannot be seen through.
    The exhaust stacks on the 47s was quite alot more prominent then on the 49s as can be seen in your picture. This is a big giveaway.
    The window arrangments on the cabin is 47 class.
    I would be quite confident in concluding that these two locos are in fact 47 class.
    I would be interested to know your thoughts.
    Indeed. Take Lachlan's comment about the vents, and look at the photos below of 49 class - they are easily seen through. That's just about convinced me, but I'll throw it open to other readers. Send me your thoughts!


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  • Date : 1991, catalogued 27 Dec 2001
  • Photographer : Graeme Skeet
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Graeme Skeet sent me this picture of a 49 to fill in this gap in my coverage of NSW motive power. He says it was taken at Enfield in 1991. Thanks, Graeme!


  • Image : dir=nsw/49class/ page=index 85527 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 1991, catalogued 27 Dec 2001
  • Photographer : Graeme Skeet
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : A pair of 49s at Enfield. (This photo also due to Graeme Skeet.)


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  • Date : 1992, catalogued 09 Oct 2004
  • Photographer : Terry Bingham
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Two 86 class hauling the Perth-bound Indian Pacific through Auburn. On the siding is 4917.


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