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MKA Class

MKA4 being readied for service at East Tamar Junction workshops. January 2005

The eight locomotives began life as members of the Queensland Railways 1320 class, before being sold to AN and shipped to Tasmania in 1988, where six of the eight locomotives received some use as ZC class locomotives. The locomotives were purchased by American company Morrison Knudsen in 1994, and shipped to their Whyalla factory in South Australia for rebuilding and eventual leasing to operators. The rebuilding process included construction of a new nose/cab area, complete overhaul and installation of equipment to interface the existing EE standard 110v control system with the more common US standard 72volt notched control system.

The locomotives of this class are widely travelled. Locos 1 to 4 spent time working in Malaysia, while MKA5 & MKA6 worked the BHP tramway at Whyalla for a period, before going to southern Africa for industrial service. In mid 2004, locomotives MKA1 to 3 were purchased by Pacific National for use in Queensland on shunting and trip train working in the Brisbane area, while MKA4, and the then unused MKA7 and 8 were acquired by PN for use in Tasmania. These three locomotives arrived in Tasmania in early December 2004 and started being used in regular service away from the Launceston area from December 2005

From December 2006 the three stored Queensland locomotives were progressively transferred from Gympie to Melbourne where they received some work before being shipped to Tasmania. The second group of locos arrived in Tasmania in early 2007, and entered service from July 2007. In line with PNT standards, the six locomotives have been renumbered into the 213x series, and are painted in two variations of the corporate standard PN blue and yellow colours.

In Tasmanian service, the locomotives operated interchangeably with the DQ locomotives on all available lines including the Melba line. A number of locomotives were stored from early 2014 as mechanical attention was required and the remainders followed once the TR class locomotives were delivered.


Other identities

Previous IdentityClass & NumberATN NumberPost Identity
ZC21  2134  
ZC27  2137  
ZC31  2138  
1332  2131  
ZC26  2133  
1329  2132  

Class photos, sounds and video

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Two MKA locomotives were used occasionally on the BHP lines in South Australia for a period in the l
Two MKA locomotives were used occasionally on the BHP lines in South Australia for a period in the l
MKA4 being readied for service at East Tamar Junction workshops. January 2005
MKA8 being readied for service at East Tamar Junction workshops. January 2005
On their first test run with a revenue train MKA locos 2137 and 2138, towing ZB locos 2123 and 2128,
Drivers control desk, MKA2137 (August 2005)
MKA2134 waits at East Tamar workshops for the next phase of its testing, August 2005
MKA2134 waits at the head of its test train at East Tamar workshops, August 2005
MKA2137 was sent to Hobart for crew familiarisation in December 2005. As commissioning hadn't been c
MKA2138 - DQ2004 - MKA2137 head train 336 through Granton, January 2006
MKA2138 - DQ2004 - MKA2137 head train 336 through New Town, January 2006
MKA2138 - DQ2004 haul train #636 into Granton, 13 January 2006
MKA2138 - DQ2004 run light engine through Bridgewater, 13 January 2006
MKA2138 - MKA2137 & DQ2008 on train 246 wait at Hagley for the arrival of train 231 behind D2020, ZR
MKA2137 & MKA2138 haul train 343 south through Cleveland, April 2006
Only recently released to service, MKA2133 passes through Glenorchy, July 2007
Only recently released to service, MKA2131 pauses during shunting in Hobart yard, July 2007
MKA2137 departing Hobart, October 2007
MKA2132 rests on jacks inside the workshops at East Tamar after minor derailment damage, December 20
Following derailment damage in the south of the state, MKA2131 was transported by road to East Tamar
MKA2137 - MKA2132 - ZR2100 lead the southbound
Trains often run late but three and a half days late may be considered excessive! Derailment delayed
A spare English Electric 12CSVT MkII motor sits on the floor at East Tamar workshops. In time the mo
After running for some time with no logo, MKA2133 was given a large Tasrail logo on the long hood an
MKA2131 - DQ2009 - DQ2003 - MKA2134 head Burnie to Boyer Paper train 531 near Deloraine, 11 August 2
MKA2134 with hood doors open at the Brighton quick fix, May 2013.


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