Diesel Electric Locomotive - No.1281

Production date
1965
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
90 ton Diesel Electric Locomotive No.1281 built by the English Electric Co at Rocklea in 1965. Painted in a gold, blue and white livery to celebrate Queensland Railways' centenary.
Classification
CH classification
Measurements
L16129 x W2820 x H3760 mm
Media/Materials description
Metals, paint
Signature/Marks
1281
1281
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History and use
Diesel Electric Locomotive No.1281 is a member of the 30 strong 1270 Class of diesel-electric locomotives which were built by English Electric, Rocklea, between 1964 and 1966. They were primarily used for bulk grain and general freight haulage, as well as export coal traffic in central Queensland.
No.1281 was supplied at the time Queensland Railways were celebrating their centenary and to mark the occasion, in July 1965, it was painted in a gold and white livery and named "Century". This colour scheme was maintained throughout the locomotive's working life and, as a consequence of its attractive livery, it was often used on the air-condition Sunlander passenger train service between Brisbane and Cairns.
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Registration number
R5867

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