You saved me writing a bit of extra text posting this first!
It'll be interesting to see if they go to another cane railway, as shunters for some little comapny on NG (Doubt it, it doesn't look like there'll be any of those any time soon) scrap or even one or two to a heritage mob.
I remember someone saying that the transmition in them would be worth more than the loco's themselves and at $12,500 they're probably right.
As they say on Ebay, happy bidding!
I am prepared to be corrected on this point, but someone please confirm that the brake hose on the loco end plate in photo 2 is either a vacuum hose or an air brake (pressure) hose.
I believe when they were taken there they were still fitted with vacuum brakes as the original idea was to rebuild/gauge convert them for cane train running which never happened. I think the EMU bay and Tasrail never converted them over to westinghouse style systems either as they were left runnign some of the last vacuum braked stock there.
I'm happy to be corrected too
And it seems the Gumtree listing has been taken down already, either they've already sold or the seller has decided to hang onto them
The EBR diesel hydraulics were all fitted with heavy duty bevel drives on the axles. These are too large to fit anything narrower than metre gauge.
A photo tells a thousand words:
by: ebr1 in the pilbara
(edit, apparently Railpage's flickr integration has stoppped working)
Great pic, surprised they cannot be reduced in gauge further as there appears room on the axles.
If they cannot, then their future must be limited. What commercial operator would want such low powered and low speed locos? QR dumped theirs and so did NSW.