|Diesel Locomotive - History of G12|
Two 1300 hp diesel-electric locomotives built by the Clyde Engineering Co. Pty. Ltd., Granville, NSW, to the order of the Government of Hong Kong, undergoing trials on the NSW Railways prior to delivery for service on the Kowloon-Canton Railway.
(Railway Transportation - OCTOBER, 1955)
HONG KONG – Two general-purpose, diesel-electric
The vessel was met on the arrival by the Australian
The two locomotive superstructures were carried on the forward well-deck, one on each side, with the four bogies in the square of No. 2 hatch. No heavy weather was encountered during the voyage and the locomotives arrived in perfect condition and were swung over the ship’s side and lowered on to their bogies without any untoward incident.
In the course of an interview, Mr. Trevor, general manager of the Kowloon Canton Railway, paid a very handsome tribute to the Clyde Engineering Co. Pty. Ltd. for delivering the locomotives two months ahead of schedule.
Mr. K. L. Thomas, service engineer of Clyde Engineering, was present to supervise the unloading and assembly of the locomotives on their bogies on the wharf. He remained in Hong Kong for several weeks to make final adjustments to the locomotives and supervise the training of Chinese locomotive drivers and maintenance staff.
Already two senior Chinese engineers of the Kowloon Canton Railway spent about two months in Australia earlier this year, watching the locomotives being built and undergoing a special course in their maintenance at Clyde Engineering.
At present there are twelve “austerity” steam locomotives and four steam tank locomotives operating on the British section of the railway and if the two diesel-electrics fulfill expectations, it is anticipated that all steam locomotives will be replaced with diesel-electric motive power in due course.
Prior to shipment from Sydney the locomotives were tested on the NSW Government Railways, during which they performed with complete satisfaction.
Brief specifications of the locomotives are:
4ft. 8 ½in. (1435mm)
12 cyl. 567C
KCR Information Station | Home | Contact Us | Site Map | Copyright and Disclaimer | Help |