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Stored ZC2144 in the line up of surplus locomotives at East Tamar workshops, December 2005
Diesel Traction Tasmania was formed in 2011 to preserve members of the various classes of diesel locomotive that were likely to be scrapped in the near future and that were not attractive to the existing preservation groups. Their aims initially focused on the large English electric locos of the Z, ZA, ZB and ZC classes which were soon to be removed from regular service and likely to disappear.
In mid 2012, Tasrail donated locomotive 2144 (former Queensland Railway 1318, then Australian National's ZC19) to the society. It is currently stored at East Tamar workshops whilst other arrangements are made.
The group has since rebranded themselves as the Launceston and North East Railway, to support their efforts in getting a base and access to parts of the former North East line between Coldwater Creek Junction and Scottsdale. As part of this effort they have, in conjunction with a private individual, acquired railcar DP14 and trailer PT5 from the Burnie City Council.
See their internet site for more information
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