Alco DL531 no.859 entered service with the South Australian Railways in May 1963 on narrow gauge (1067mm) bogies. In 1970 it was converted to standard gauge (1435mm) and in 1975 ownership was transferred to the Federally owned Australian National Railways (ANR). In 1980 it was converted back to narrow gauge and relocated to Tasmania, returning to South Australia in 1987. Converted back to standard gauge in 1989, it was sold with the rest of the AN fleet to US operator Genesee & Wyoming when ANR was privatised in 1997 and operated under the name Australia Southern Railroad (ASR). In 2002, ASR became Australian Railroad Group and G & W now only has a 50% stake in this operation. However, locos continue to be outshopped in the G & W orange and black house colours. 859 is the first unmodified DL531 to receive a full overhaul and be repainted in G & W house colours. It is seen at EDI Rail's Port Augusta workshops prior to its first test run on 23.07.2003.
Currently still on 1435mm bogies, it will be converted to 1067mm at the end of August and transferred to ARG's isolated Port Lincoln narrow gauge system which operates another 11 x DL531s.

Mark Carter photo (& text)
AR 859

John Benson reports (April 2001): Great Northern Railway in Australia has acquired 2 ex-NSW 44 class Alco cab units and they will be painted into the two tone red (GM&O inspired scheme)!

Hamersley Iron ALCos on the move!

Pilbara Historical Society

4468shop.jpg DL500 no. 4468 was saved from the scrapper.

Brad Peadon photo

Steve Corrigan provided the following list about the ALCos that have been used in Australia:

New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR)
RSC-3, DL500, DL531, DL541, DL500G (Australia only model) and CE615 (Australia only model)

South Australian Division of Australian National (former South Australian Railway)
DL500, DL531, DL541, DL500G

Silverton Tramway
DL531, DL500G

Silverton units 20 and 30 (both DL531) at Broken Hill.

Phil Wormald photo

Western Australian Government Railways (Westrail):
CE618 (Australia-only model)

Hamersley Iron
C415, C628, C636, M636

Mt. Newman:
C636, M636

BHP alco

This Comeng-built unit is still on the roster for running BHP specials (no fantrips, though...), photo taken on April 22nd, 2000!

Robe River:
RSC-3 (ex NSWGR), C630, C636, M636

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Last update 03.08.03