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Y Class - Y127

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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.

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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When withdrawn from network service, Y127 became an integral member of the Seven-O-Seven Operations Inc. fleet.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


Group Numbers

1st Order: Y101-125

2nd Order: Y126-150

3rd Order: Y151-175

Wheel arrangement

Two double axel bogies, Bo-Bo

Overall dimensions
Length
Width
Height (above rails)


13.28 Meters
Meters
Meters

Weight

65 tonnes

Axel Load

tonnes

Engine

Generator

Traction Motor

EMD 12-645E3B

EMD D25E

General Electric 237

Tractive effort
Starting
Continuous


kN
km/h

Maximum speed

65 km/h

Capacities

Fuel oil (main tank)

Lubricating oil

Cooling water

L

L

L

Built by

Clyde Engineering (Granville, NSW)

Last Updated: 20 December 2022