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DC4588 under overhaul at East Tamar workshops, August 2005

There is only one loco of this class in Tasmania, numbered DC4588. Originally built by General Motors in Canada in 1964 for the New Zealand Railways as DA1489, this loco was rebuilt by Clyde Engineering in Australia during 1980 and became DC4588. This locomotive arrived in Tasmania late in 1998 and was intended to provide another driver-only capable locomotive as only five DQ class were available for the planed three sets of locomotives. In service the loco was un-popular due to its non standard nature, low tractive effort (having only four powered axles) and small fuel tank. The arrival of more DQ and later D class saw the DC more commonly used on services such as ballast trains and the coal train, rather than long distance intermodal services.

This locomotive has been out of service since October 2002 with serious motor problems. Work had commenced on rebuilding and reactivating the locomotive, but this ceased part way through the process and the loco returned to storage, still carrying its faded Tranz Rail blue livery.

As the locomotive was non standard and incomplete, the required money was never spent to return the unit to service, and it was sold for scrap in mid 2011


Class photos, sounds and video

There are 11 matching items

DA1455 leads a passenger train though Woodville, New Zealand; June 1974
DC4467 on a Auckland suburban service at Papakura, New Zealanld; October 1981
DC4191 and DX5425 lead a southbound freight at Tanwahanui, New Zealand; October 1981
Still bearing the name of its previous owner Tranz Rail, DC4588 undergoes commissioning work at East
DC4588 and a DQ haul #58 loaded logs on the Bell Bay line, February 2002
Former New Zealand Railways loco DC4588 stands at Conara Junction, prior to departure with the north
DC4588 shown stored at East Tamar workshops, January 2005
DC4588 shown stored at East Tamar workshops, January 2005
DC4588 under overhaul at East Tamar workshops, August 2005
DC4588 undergoing rebuild at East Tamar Workshops, December 2005. The replacement motor block is sti
Its rebuild stopped part way through, ex New Zealand loco DC4588 remains stored at East Tamar worksh


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