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Drivers side of TR11, June 2014

In March 2011, TasRail called for Expression of Interest in the supply of new locomotives. Details of the requirements were not been made public but are believed to be for conventionally or "gen-set" powered locomotive around the 1500kW to 2200kW range. Seven responses were initially received, and in August 2011 it was announced that four short-listed companies - Bombardier (Europe), Progress Rail (USA), National Rail Equipment Corporation (USA) and CSR Qishuyan (China) - had been selected to proceed to formal tenders. On 13 December 2011 it was announced that Progress Rail (part of the Caterpillar group, and owner of EMD), in conjunction with its Australian partner Downer Rail had been awarded the contract to construct 17 locomotive of their PR22L model. The contract is worth more than $60million

The first two locomotives (TR01 and TR04) were delivered to Tasmania in November 2013, with subsequent batches of locomotives following every few months. The final locos were delivered in mid 2014.

Following commissioning and testing, the locomotives gradually entered ad-hoc service from March 2014 and full commercial service from May 2014.

The locomotives can be modified from 18 tonne axle load (108t gross) to 16 tonne axle load (96t gross) for Melba line services by removing 1 tonne weight blocks from each of the four corners of the locomotive and limiting the overall fuel load.


Class photos, sounds and video

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Making its first trip outside the Launceston area, new loco TR04 trails DQ2006 at Relbia as the pair
TR04 and TR01 wait outside the Quick Fit at Brighton prior to commencing the days testing to Paratta
TR04 at Tea Tree, January 2014
TR01 at Tea Tree, January 2014
TR04 - TR01 - 2054 - DQ2006 - Y2151 (dead attached) and the test train pass through Campania, Januar
On 12 January 2014, new locomotives TR04 and TR01 started a series of tests on the between Colebrook
With their test run to Parattah completed, TR01 and TR04 roll back downgrade towards Garlands Crossi
Shunters vehicle ZX 1 leads Z2113 and two newly delivered TR locomotives having just arrived at Geor
In early February 2014, loco TR06 made a short publicity tour with public displays at Burnie, Wester
In early February 2014, loco TR06 made a short publicity tour with public displays at Burnie, Wester
In early February 2014, loco TR06 made a short publicity tour with public displays at Burnie, Wester
Only recently released to traffic, TR09 and TR10 lead no.46 coal train on the Fingal line, April 201
The TR class locomotives are fitted with these stickers on the underframe as a
Drivers side of TR11, June 2014
TR01 from above showing the dynamic brake grids, horns and radiators, June 2014
During a pause in shunting on Sunday 22 June, TR 01 and TR 10 stand in Hobart yard on the last day o
To commemorate the last Tasrail train to operate from the old Hobart yard, on 22 June 2014 the socie
TR13 and TR16 lead train #731 through Littlehampton, January 2015. The vertical stripes on the cab f
TR16 as trailing unit on train #731, January 2015
TR08 rests for the weekend at Brighton Freight Hub in January 2015
TR14 and TR01 undergoes servicing at Brighton, January 2015
A quiet Sunday afternoon in March 2015 saw three pairs of TR locos clustered in Brighton yard after
TR06 and TR16 wait at the head of train 132 in Brighton yard, March 2015
Although the TR class now dominate workings on all but the Melba Line, other locos are occasionally
TR05-TR02, with TR17-TR10 dead attached, head Sunday train 134, with a load of logs and empty coal h
TR01-TR12 haul empty coal train 345 across the St Pauls River bridge at Avoca on 11 October. The usu
Train 534 slowly rolls down the grade east of Brighton yard on a hot 23 November 2017. The mixed con


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