A little history
In 1963, the first of 25 general-purpose diesel-electric locomotives was delivered by Clyde Engineering of Granville NSW. As a cost-saving measure, they were built with bogies and motors retrieved from scrapped Swing Door electric suburban train sets; the reuse of these components reduced the unit cost of the Y class locomotives. Two further orders saw the class total 75 by 1968.
Although built to dieselise Victoria’s shunting operations and replace steam locomotives on branch line services, they were also used on mainline goods and passenger services, including between Spencer Street and Werribee.
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