Exhibit - X1

Locomotive X1 sits on the former Brighton turntable, now located at the museum, in Glenorchy. 3 December 1995. Photo: Michael Dix
Locomotive X1 sits on the former Brighton turntable, now located at the museum, in Glenorchy. 3 December 1995. Photo: Michael Dix

On 13 September 1950, locomotives X1 and X2 entered service in Tasmania, becoming Australia's first mainline, diesel-electric locomotives. The introduction of the 32 X class locomotives resulted in the removal of most steam locomotives from use. Up until 1973 the X class formed the backbone of the TGR locomotive fleet but with the introduction of more powerful locomotives, and a change in ownership, the X class became less useful. A number of major changes, culminating in the introduction of locomotives from South Australia and Queensland, resulted in the gradual withdrawal of the X class. X2 was the first to be withdrawn, in October 1980, with X10 and X18 being the last in service, not being sold until August 1988.

In October 1985 the Australian National Railways loaned X1 to the museum for preservation. X1 was repainted to its earlier red and cream colour scheme, which was carried from 1954 until the mid-1970s. The locomotive was officially donated to the museum in April 1997. Whilst operational, X1 is not able to run on the mainline but is used around the museum site when required, although a lack of expensive batteries does make this a rare event

TGR outline diagram for X class locos (L22)
X1 places the carriage stock (DB-ACS-ABD) at the platform at Devonport station in preparation for a
X1 waits on the mainline at Glenorchy whilst the track is slewed to allow access to the TTMS track o
Y4 and X1 outside for special display, April 2006
Cabside plates on X1
Main drivers position of X1, October 2008
Secondary drivers position of X1, October 2008
Museum locomotives Y4 and X operate in multiple as part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary
Museum locomotives X1 and Y4 operate in multiple as part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversar
X1 stretches it legs for the first time in many years at the Tasmanian Transport Museum, December 20
X1 stretches it legs for the first time in many years at the Tasmanian Transport Museum, December 20
Museum locomotives X1 and Y4 operate in multiple as part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversar
As part of a special group visit, X1 rests at the southern end of the museum's line for photographs
In December 2012 the museum hosted a group of British enthusiasts. Locos Y4 and X1 were in operation
In December 2012 a group of British tourists visited the museum to ride behind and photograph our di

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