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D Class

D2021 heads the south bound Paper Train through Rogerville in January 2005

Originally five D class locos were built for the Western Australian Government Railways (WAGR) in 1971, and were designed for use on heavy bauxite trains, where their 111t weight and 18t axle load were put to good use. In August 1998, two of these locos (D1564 and D1565) were sold by Westrail and shipped to New Zealand for future rebuilding. The two locos were taken to Wellington's Hutt Workshops in mid-1999 and work commenced on full rebuilding.

When purchased, these locos were missing many internal components, and during the rebuild process a second-hand 645E motor and D32 generator were obtained from the USA. The existing cab, high-nose and part of the body were completely removed, and replaced by a new cab closely resembling that used on Tranz Rail locomotive DXR8007. Dynamic brakes and electrical equipment formerly located in the nose were relocated to behind the cab.

The two locomotives arrived in Tasmania on 15 June 2001. Because the rebuild did not include traction motors, surplus English Electric EE548 traction motors were fitted to the locos at East Tamar. The two locos entered regular service in October and August 2001 respectively. The traction motors did not make a perfect match and following a large number of failures over the years, they were replaced by second hand GM motors in 2009. The locos were stored in mid 2014 following the commissioning of the TR class. In May 2015 both loco were shipped to Bendigo (Victoria) for overhaul and in January 2018 delivered to Perth, Western Australia for their new owner Watco. They are now classed as DR and carry their original WAGR numbers.

Sounds: D2021, D2020, ZR2101 haul DQ2006 & DQ2010 and 28 wagons up the grade into Rogerville, 24 July 2001 (MP3 format, 59s, 420kB)


Class photos, sounds and video

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With painting and bodywork completed but some internal work remaining, D2021 sits outside Hutt Works
Balanced precariously on workshops bogies, D2021 sits outside East Tamar workshops while its own bog
D2021, D2020, ZR2101 haul DQ2006 & DQ2010 and 28 wagons up the grade into Rogerville. 24 July 2001
D2021, DQ2006 and DQ2009 head southbound train #31 near Rhyndaston. September 2001
D2020 pauses during shunting operations in Hobart, December 2004
D2020 shunts Hobart yard in January 2005
D2021 heads the south bound Paper Train through Rogerville in January 2005
D2021 - ZR2101 assemble Boyer bound shunt movement #666 in Hobart yard, 23 September 2005
D2021 - ZR2100 - DQ2003 haul empty paper train 531 out of Bridgewater on the final leg of its journe
D2020 - ZR2100 - ZR 2101 lead loaded
D2020 departing Hobart, October 2007
D2021 at Hobart, February 2008
D2020 and DQ2005 haul Z2113-Z2112-ZA2116 and Z2110 and train 164 around the River Derwent foreshore
D2020 and MKA2132 lead train #132 into Tea Tree, 29 March 2009
D2020 received grey cab side panels and replacement numbers in 2012 following workshop attention. Ja


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