The 10 C class were the last locos delivered in VR's classic blue and gold color scheme, they were also VR's first turbocharged locos. Mechanically they were an SD40 (not SD40-2) When introduced their weight meant that they were very restricted as to the lines they could run over. C 501 - 504 were put on the SG running between Melbourne and Albury,C 505 - 510 were kept on BG and ran Melbourne to Serviceton interstate express freights. On 3/8/1979 C 505 and C 506 operated a freight all the way from Melbourne to Adelaide thus ushering in through working of locos between Victoria and South Australia. Upon the formation of National Rail all of the C class were transfered to National Rail (1995) where they ran for a little while before they were removed from traffic due to the arrival of the NR class locos. 2 C's (505 & 508) were later re-issued to traffic as NR shunters in Melbourne
Over the years the C's underwent many external and internal changes including:
All C class were built at Clyde's Rosewater S.A, plant
Until 1985 all of the C's wore the VR blue and gold paint scheme, after this time the C's were painted in several different schemes as outlined below.
Click on the color schemes for a photo.
|vrb||VR blue and gold|
|vlo||V/Line orange and grey|
|Road #||Serial #||
|Withdrawn from NR||KM @ 6/95||Disposition||Color schemes||Notes|
|08/1997||3,130,000||to National Rail 6/95
|vrb - vlo(06/89)||named "George Brown"|
|09/1997||2,930,000||to National Rail 6/95
||vrb - vlo(12/89)|
|12/1996||2,870,000||to National Rail 6/95
||vrb - vlo(12/90)|
|09/1997||3,125,000||to National Rail 6/95
||vrb - vlo(07/88)|
|07/1997||2,553,000||to National Rail 6/95
||vrb - vlo(09/87)|
|09/1997||2,870,000||to National Rail 6/95
||vrb - vlo(12/88)|
|09/1997||2,770,000||to National Rail 6/95
||vrb - vlo(06/92)|
|08/1997||2,730,000||to National Rail 6/95
||vrb - vlo(09/85)|
|08/1997||2,700,000||to National Rail 6/95
||vrb - vlo(07/86)|
|08/1997||2,680,000||to National Rail 6/95
||vrb - vlo(12/86)|
The long end of the C's featured a uniquely styled VR logo that was not found on any other class.
C 502 in "as delivered" condition at Sth Dynon 4 weeks after its delivery July 1977
C 507 at Ararat, circa 1978
Photo courtesy Barry Cooper
C 508 in the V/Line scheme, Jan. 1986.
C 503 just after being painted in the V/Line scheme, circa mid 1980's
Tony Tuccio collection
During the design phase a mockup of the proposed cab was built at Newport workshops for appraisal by union and management. The mock up for the X 45 - 54 is seen on the right.
Feb. 19 1977. Photo courtesy Peter J. Vincent
Silverton Cs 1 (formerley C 507) on transfer bogies at Newport, March 2006
2007 photo, courtesy Daniel McKee.
ABOVE: C 501 in as delivered condition at Albury, Feb. 1978.
BELOW: C 501 in as preserved condition Jan. 2 2010
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