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Goodwin-ALCo DL-541G

Scale: 1:87

Goodwin-ALCo DL-541G drawing 2000 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: On May 31, 1962 locomotive 4501 rolled out of the works of A E Goodwin Ltd, the first of 40 Alco DL541 locos for the New South Wales Government Railways, they were the first mainline hood type locos to be built by Goodwins. The South Australian Railways ordered 7 DL541s in early 1965, numbered the 600 class. All 47 of the Australian DL541s were powered by the Alco 12-251diesel engine rate @1,800HP for traction and featured dynamic brakes, C-C wheel arrangement riding on Alco Tri-mount trucks. The NSW DL541s were usually confined to Freight hauling, but because of criticism by crews for rough riding in their later life, were often relegated to second unit status. However, they were reliable locos and lasted into the early 1990s. Most have now been scrapped, but 4520 has been preserved by the NSW Rail Transport Museum and after undergoing a repaint, has been used on many occasions since early 1996 in museum service, ensuring the old Alco will be around for many years to come.

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