New South Wales 422 class locomotive
|New South Wales 422 class|
The 422 class were the first Australian locomotives built with non-streamlined dual cab bodies. Manufactured by Clyde Engineering, Granville, they were introduced into service on the Main South and Illawarra lines where they would spend most of their New South Wales careers hauling passenger and freight services. Among the services they hauled were the Canberra Express, Intercapital Daylight, South Coast Daylight Express, Southern Aurora, Spirit of Progress and Sydney/Melbourne Express.
In 1980 42220 was rebuilt by Clyde Engineering, Rosewater, receiving an AR16 alternator, a new electrical system and Super Series wheel slip technology. It was a test bed for many of the features incorporated into the 81 class.
From 1982 they began to operate through to Melbourne. This ceased in February 1990 when non air-conditioned locomotives would no longer be accepted by Victorian drivers.
With the formation of National Rail, the 422s were all allocated to the new interstate carrier in July 1995 pending delivery of its NR class locomotives. This saw them again frequently operating to Melbourne, albeit usually as second units and over new territory to Parkes via Forbes and from August 1996 via the North Coast line to Brisbane. When they were returned to FreightCorp in September 1997, their Southern duties were now being handled by Class 81s so most were stored.
By January 2000 only 42203 and 42220 remained in service with FreightCorp; these having been fitted with air-conditioning. These were retained primarily to operate CountryLink services from Sydney to Griffith and from January 2000 over new ground on the Outback Express to Broken Hill. These were sold to Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia in 2001 and later rebuilt as HL203 and FL220.
In May 2000, the other 16 were sold to the Australian Southern Railroad and transferred in one movement from Werris Creek where they had been stored to Dry Creek, Adelaide where they were gradually reactivated. Some were placed in service operating construction trains on the Alice Springs to Darwin line as well as in South Australia and Western Australia. Others returned to New South Wales on hire to other operators. It was decided to rebuild all 16 as the 22 class which among other modifications saw air-conditioning fitted, although only 14 ended up being completed at Downer Rail, Port Augusta.
As at October 2014, 13 remained in service with Aurizon, CFCL Australia and Genesee & Wyoming Australia with seven in store. In January 2015, four were sold to Apex Industrial and exported to Durban, South Africa being scrapped in December 2015. Both CFCL Australia units were sold to Watco Australia in 2016 and transferred to Perth to operate Brookfield Rail infrastructure trains.
|NSW No||Serial No||Entered Service||Current/Last Owner||Current No||Livery||Status|
|42201||69-656||10 Jan 1969||Aurizon||DC2205||Aurizon Yellow||Operational|
|42202||69-657||4 Mar 1969||Aurizon||42202||Northern Rivers Railroad Blue/Orange/Yellow||Stored Rothbury|
|42203||69-658||27 Mar 1969||Watco Australia||HL203||Watco Black & Yellow||Operational|
|42204||69-659||23 Apr 1969||Aurizon||DC2206||Aurizon Yellow||Scrapped at Casino, 2016|
|42205||69-660||7 May 1969||Apex Industrial||2201||ARG Orange & Black||Scrapped December 2015 Durban, South Africa|
|42206||69-661||20 May 1969||Aurizon||42206||Northern Rivers Railroad Blue/Orange/Yellow||Stored Rothbury|
|42207||69-662||30 May 1969||Genesee & Wyoming Australia||2207||ARG Orange & Black||Operational|
|42208||69-663||9 Jun 1969||Aurizon||DC2208||Aurizon Yellow||Stored Forrestfield|
|42209||69-664||23 Jun 1969||Aurizon||42209||FreightCorp Blue||Scrapped at Picton, July 2015|
|42210||69-665||23 Jun 1969||Genesee & Wyoming Australia||2210||ARG Orange & Black||Operational|
|42211||69-666||4 Aug 1969||Apex Industrial||42211||FreightCorp Blue||Scrapped December 2015 Durban, South Africa|
|42212||69-667||18 Aug 1969||Genesee & Wyoming Australia||2212||ARG Orange & Black||Operational|
|42213||69-668||5 Sep 1969||Aurizon||2202||ARG Orange & Black||Stored Rothbury|
|42214||69-669||24 Sep 1969||Apex Industrial||2203||ARG Orange & Black||Scrapped December 2015 Durban, South Africa|
|42215||69-670||10 Oct 1969||Aurizon||DC2213||Aurizon Yellow||Stored Forrestfield|
|42216||69-671||28 Oct 1969||Southern Shorthaul Railroad||2204||ARG Orange & Black||Stored Goulburn|
|42217||69-672||11 Nov 1969||Genesee & Wyoming Australia||2214||ARG Orange & Black||Operational|
|42218||69-673||1 Dec 1969||Apex Industrial||DC2215||ARG Orange & Black||Scrapped December 2015 Durban, South Africa|
|42219||69-674||16 Dec 1969||Genesee & Wyoming Australia||2216||ARG Orange & Black||Operational|
|42220||70-675||21 Jan 1970||Watco Australia||FL220||Watco Black & Yellow||Operational|
- "The 422 class locomotives of NSW" Railway Digest February 2000 page 42
- "Locomotives and Traffic Victorian Standard Gauge" Railway Digest March 1990 page 104
- "80 Class Return to the NSW North Coast on National Rail Freights" Railway Digest August 1995 page 14
- "Locomotives and Traffic 422s to Brisbane" Railway Digest October 1996 page 31
- "Locomotives and Traffic Motive Power" Railway Digest September 1997 page 33
- NSWGR 422/22/FL/HL Class Locomotive Auscision Models
- "Riding the Outback Express" Railway Digest March 2000 page 22
- "FreightCorp 422s Sold to Private Operator" Railway Digest June 2000 page 14
- 422 Class Railpage
- 22 Class Railpage
- "Qld Rail buys into freight market" The Age 14 February 2006
- Operations Genesee & Wyoming Australia
- 422 Class Vicsig
- 22 Class Vicsig
- Aurizon Locomotive Data Sheet 422/22/DC Class Locomotives for Africa
- "Australia Wide Fleet List 2014" Motive Power issue 96 November 2014 pages 64-67
- "Motive Power Roundup" Motive Power issue 97 January 2015 page 108
- "Australian Locomotive Expatriates" Motive Power issue 107 September 2016 page 48
- "Watco Australia" Motive Power issue 108 November 2016 page 28
- Transfer of ownership of locomotives FL220 & HL203 Australian Rail Track Corporation 14 November 2016
- New South Wales Rail System Locomotives. Sydney: Archives Section, State Rail Authority of New South Wales. 1984.
- A Guide to Australian Locomotion 2009 Edition Published by Australian Railway Historical Society (NSW)