Clyde-EMD ML1 drawing © 1999 by Ian J Smith. All rights reserved. Used by permission. If you would like to use this image, or a painted version of it on your web site, you may do so, providing that you notify the artist and place a link back to The Railroad Paintshop. Linking directly to the image on the Railroad Paint Shop site is prohibited. If you want to use the image in any other form of publication, you must have the prior written permission of the artist.
Historical notes by the artist: The ML1 was the first locally produced diesel to enter service in Australia. There were eleven of them, known as the GM class with the Federal Government operated Commonwealth Railways, running across the Nullabor plain from South Australia to Western Australia along the world's longest stretch of straight railway, over 300 miles long. They had an A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, no dynamic brakes, and a 1,500HP 16-567B engine. The first one, GM1, entered service in September 1951. These were really an F7 on three axle trucks, but with the same engine, generator, traction motors, etc. GM 1 is preserved at the railway shop in Port Augusta, South Australia, GM 2 is also preserved, in the ownership of the Port Dock Station Rail Museum. GM 3 was bought back by Clyde in September 1990 and is on display at their factory at Bathurst NSW. GM 10 is also residing at the Port Augusta works as a yard switcher. The rest of the ML 1s have been scrapped, most in 1990, with GM 7 the last to go in July 1991.
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