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Historical note: Victoria Rys received 18 A7's, supplied in two batches. They were classified as the "S" class, numbered S300 to S317, with S300 entering service August 16. 1957 as leader of an order for 10 locos and S309 going into service on February 22, 1958. The second order for 8 locos saw S310 enter service on November 26, 1960 finishing with S317 on July 12, 1961. They were very successful and attractive locos, and a favourite with railfans from all over the country. They were powered by an EMD 16-567C engine rated at 1,750HP for the first batch (S300-S309), and !,800HP for S310-S317. They had the classic EMD streamlined cab at one end and hostler's controls at the other, but were not permitted to haul trains from this cab as there were no train brakes in the hostler's end. The units were of a C C wheel arrangement, with all 6 axles powered, and were fitted with dynamic brakes and MU fittings so they could run in multiple with the other diesels in the system. Top speed was 83mph and they hauled everything from heavy freights to name expresses including the crack "Southern Aurora" which ran overnight every night between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities. In partnership with the earlier ML2s, which were designated the "B" class, they formed the backbone of the Victorian system's mainline diesel fleet from the 50's to the 70's.. Two of the class, S314 and S316, were written off in wreck in February 1969 when they collided head on at Violet Town. S316 was heading south on the Southern Aurora when it hit S314 heading north on a freight, killing both drivers and 7 passengers. The S class locos were originally painted a striking royal blue and golden yellow livery, similar to the US Eirie Railroad but this gave way to the much less attractive, "V Line" orange and grey livery of the early nineties. In more recent times with the onset of privatization, several have been sold to the newly formed West Coast Railway, resulting in yet another livery, this one a bright blue, white and yellow scheme that is a real eye catcher. S304, S305 and S315 have been scrapped, the remainder have been sold or preserved by several preservation groups. These classic Clyde EMDs will be seen for many more years to come hauling regular passenger trains on the West Coast Railway and excursions in preservation service.
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