Four Australian 'Bulldog" locomotives to be returned to service

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Genesee & Wyoming Australia locomotive CLP9 leads a train south of Demondrille, New South Wales, in September 2007. The locomotive, which had been stored and was a candidate to be scrapped, is one of four GM-style streamliners that has been purchased and will be returned to service by Southern Shorthaul Railroad.
Lance Lassen

BENDIGO, Australia — Four Australian-built variants of the classic EMD covered-wagon locomotive design, which had been stored and were candidates for export or scrapping, have been purchased by New South Wales’ Southern Shorthaul Railroad and will be returned to service.

The former Genesee & Wyoming Australia units, CLF class Nos. 1 and 3, and CLP class Nos. 9 and 12, are part of a group built by EMD licensee Clyde Engineering between 1970 and 1972 that were the last in the world to be built with the familiar “bulldog” front end of EMD’s E and F units. The C-C locomotives were rebuilt by Morrison Knudsen Australia in 1992-93 and have 16-cylinder EMD 645 engines imported from the U.S.

They will join eight other Clyde-built bulldog locomotives, of four different classes, already on the Southern Shorthaul roster.

The purchase also includes a fifth locomotive, non-streamlined dual-cab 422 class locomotive No. 4022 built by Clyde that also has an EMD 645 prime mover.

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