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Goninan-ALCo New South Wales "43-Class"

Scale: 1:87

Goninan-ALCo New South Wales "43-Class" 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 note: The 6 locomotives of this class were ordered in June 1954, at the same time as the Clyde EMD A7s were ordered, but the first unit, 4301, did not enter service until September 26,1956 at an official handing over ceremony at the works of A Goninan & Co., Broadmeadow, a suburb of Newcastle, the second largest city in New South Wales. They were not given a manufacturer's model number and were often referred to in their early days as Goninan ALcos or by their NSWGR class number, 43 class. The prime contractor was Australian Electrical Industries, who were responsible for the diesel engine and electrical equipment, whilst Goninans carried out the assembly of the locos. The design of the car body and nose section was based on the General Electric UM20B design. The 6 Goninan built units were equipped with ALCo 12-244 diesel engines rated AT 1,600HP, GE generators and traction motors, and dynamic brakes, and had a C-C wheel arrangement. All were painted the then new NSW livery of indian red with chrome yellow lining outlined in signal red, and were fitted with a 5 chime Nathan P5 horn mounted on top of the cab, buffers and automatic couplers. They were reliable in their early days but as time passed breakdowns became more frequent. Because of their small size (9' 7" wide by 13'9" high) they were difficult locomotives for maintenance crews to work in. 4301 was withdrawn in August 1974 and the rest followed over the next 5 years until 4306, the last of the class to go, failed in October 1979. It has been preserved by the NSW Rail Transport Museum and has recently been fully restored to running condition, thanks to the efforts of a group of dedicated volunteer workers and has run several trips on the mainline in museum service in the last couple of years. The rest of the class were scrapped, but with the preservation of 4306, the unique 43 class will be remembered for many years to come.

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