The 48 Class “Backbone of the Railways.” Stated by R. G. Preston, 2005. The 48 Class locomotive indeed has its place in both Australian railway and manufacturing history. The versatile and flexible 48 class was instrumental in replacing steam haulage over the branch lines of New South Wales. 

48 Class Locomotives at Work in the Newcastle Area – 2022 Calendar

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  • The 48 Class “Backbone of the Railways.” Stated by R. G. Preston, 2005. The 48 Class locomotive indeed has its place in both Australian railway and manufacturing history. With 165 units built between the late 1950s and late 1970 by A. E. Goodwin in Sydney, it represents the greatest number of a particular class of diesel electric locomotive ever built in Australia. The versatile and flexible 48 class was instrumental in replacing steam haulage over the branch lines of New South Wales. Working as a single unit, or in multiples the class was equally at home on the main lines performing a variety of haulage tasks as on the branch lines of New South Wales. 

    No images of 48 Class locomotives working over the South Maitland Railway (SMR) appear in this calendar. They will be featured in another future calendar.

    All images taken by Ed Tonks