Fifteen of these unique looking units were built by Clyde Engineering at it's Kelso plant in NSW for Australian National between 1988-1990. Designated model no. AT42C, they are powered by a 3000hp EMD 710G3 turbocharged V12 engine.
Less than a decade after their introduction they were playing second fiddle to newer locomotives and were largely relegated to training unit status.
DL36 is not much more than a shell these days and DL37 has been scrapped, with several others placed in long term storage. The remaining units were all placed in warm storage during 2016, but several were reactivated early in 2017 to assist with haulage of a bumper grain harvest.
DL43 was photographed at Broken Hill, New South Wales, on 10 August 1991
Locomotives in this photo
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