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Victorian Railways class E
Australia | 1923 | 12 produced
E 1101 on an official press photo
E 1101 on an official press photo
Victorian Railways
E 1102 at the Newport Railway Museum
E 1102 at the Newport Railway Museum

At a time when Melbourne's suburban electrified network was the longest in the world, two steeplecab locomotives were ordered. They were used for shunting and freight trains and had the same traction equipment as the multiple units built at the time. In contrast to other steeplecabs, part of the electrical equipment, including the motor, was located between the cabs. A few years later, ten more were ordered with a boxcab body. They proved their superiority over steam locomotives and remained in service even after the introduction of the more modern class L electric locomotives. After two locomotives were destroyed in an accident in 1954, the remaining ten were scrapped between 1981 and 1984.

ManufacturerNewport, Jolimont
Axle configB-B 
Gauge5 ft 3 in (Irish broad gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length36 ft 4 5/8 in39 ft 2 1/2 in
Service weight112,000 lbs123,200 lbs
Adhesive weight112,000 lbs123,200 lbs
Axle load28,000 lbs30,800 lbs
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Continuous power617 hp (460 kW)
Top speed40 mph
Starting effort24,500 lbf
Power Plant
Calculated Values
electric locomotive
last changed: 08/2023

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