Y Class - Y127
The Dieseliation of the Victorian Railways was well on the way when the first batch of Y Class diesel-electric locomotives were delievered. Y127 was a part of the second of three orders, entering service on the 4th of May, 1965. All of the locomotives were built at Clyde Engineering, Granville between 1963 and 1968 and totaled 75 units. As a cost saving measure, the bogies and motors from the Y Class were retrived from Swing Door surburban electric sets that had been scrapped. While the units were designed for shunting operations and branch line services, they were also used on mainline passenger and good services.
Y127 at Maldon on the Victorian Goldfields Railway
When withdrawn from network service, Y127 became an integral member of the Seven-O-Seven Operations Inc. fleet. For a period of time the locomotive was loaned to the Victorian Goldfields Railway as seen in the image above. In 2019/2020, Y127 was deemed to require a cosmetic overall and was placed in the workshop where it was slowly stripped back and repairs undertaken. In November 2021, Y127 was relaunched, wearing V/Line heritage Orange/Grey colour scheme, and travelled to Castlemaine and Maldon.
Since relaunch, Y127 has appeared on some mainline tours with Seven-O-Seven Operations Inc. and continues to serve as a shunter in the Newport yards.
Y Class Technical Data
Two double axel bogies, Bo-Bo
Last Updated: 20 December 2022