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ZC Class

The forty-five 1300 class locomotives were built from 1967 for the Queensland Railways. Following mainline electrification they were surplus to requirements and in 1988 all locomotives were sold to AN and shipped to Tasmania in three batches. AN were really only interested in a smaller number of the better locos, but eventually purchased the whole class. Queensland Railways loco 1300 became Tasrail's ZC1, and the new numbers followed in order to 1344 which became ZC45. Some locomotives never entered service in Tasmania and were not renumbered, and some that did only had very short working careers. In service the locomotives generally operated in multiple with the ZB class, or singularly on services such as the cement train or shunting duties. Some locomotives ran in the Queensland blue colours for up to four years before being repainted green (or yellow in the case of ZC11).

Eight of the class were sold to Morrison Knudsen in South Australia for rebuilding as MKA class locomotives. These rebuilt locos have seen service in Malaysia, Queensland and most are now in Tasmania. Locomotives 2142, 2143 and ZC32 were sold in 2001 to Leisure Rail WA Ltd, which intended to run a tourist train service in Western Australia. The three locos were towed to the Don River Railway for storage, although two (2142, 2143) were later on sold following the collapse of the project and sent to Victoria in mid-December 2004 for overhaul and modification prior to being shipped to Senegal. ZC32 was been progressively stripped, and eventually scrapped.

Most out of service units have been scrapped, leaving only four locomotives in Tasrail ownership. As at the end of November 2004 all locomotives were out of service and stored at East Tamar, having given up bogies and other equipment for the MKA fleet. A number of these loco have since been scrapped, the most recent being green painted 2146 which provided parts for the rebuilding of MKA2131 in 2009. The remaining stored locos were sold for scrap in mid 2012, or preservation in the case of 2144.



Other identities

Previous IdentityClass & NumberATN NumberPost Identity
1300 ZC1  
1304 ZC5  
1305 ZC6  
1306 ZC7  
1307 ZC8  
1308 ZC92140  
1309 ZC10  
1310 ZC112141  
1313 ZC14  
1314 ZC15  
1315 ZC162142  
1316 ZC172143  
1318 ZC192144  
1319 ZC202145  
1320 ZC21 MKA4 (2134) 
1321 ZC22 MKA6 
1323 ZC24  
1325 ZC26 MKA3 (2133) 
1326 ZC27 MKA7 (2137) 
1327 ZC28  
1328 ZC29  
1330 ZC31 MKA8 (2138) 
1331 ZC32  
1333 ZC34  
1334 ZC35  
1336 ZC37  
1337 ZC38  
1338 ZC39  
1340 ZC41 MKA5 
1341 ZC422146  
1342 ZC43  
1343 ZC44  
1344 ZC45  
1329   MKA2 (2132) 
1332   MKA1 (2131) 

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