August 12, 1989, 12:00 am
January 26, 2016, 12:43 am
Three standard gauge EMD-powered products from Clyde Engineering, Sydney combine to lift no.7179 express goods from Port Augusta to Perth up the grade at Wirrappa, approx 160km into their journey on 12 August 1989.
Australian National's DL48 was not long 'out of the box' and the class represented the first use of the 710 power unit in Australia.
CL5 had a 645E3 'donk' and was originally built for the Commonwealth Railways in 1970 by Clyde; it was later rebuilt in 1993 for Australian National by Morrsion Knudsen Australia.
Built in 1969, L273 was a Westrail unit and was temporarily in use on through working to South Australia to cover a loco shortage. Another 645E3 powered unit it survived to see service in private ownership in both New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
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