Locomotive 930

South Australian Railways

Broad Gauge



Class operators                                                   South Australian Railways; Australian National Railways

Condition                                                             Fair

Provenance                                                         South Australian Railways

Ownership                                                           Port Dock Station Railway Trust

Class Builders                                                     A E Goodwin, Sydney, NSW

Class                                                                   930

Number in class                                                  37

Number series                                                    930 - 966

Model                                                                 DL 500 B

Entered service                                                  20th December 1955

Entered the museum                                          4th May 1990

Total Weight                                                       104 tons (104,000 kilograms)

Length (over coupling points)                             58’ 10-3/8’’ (17.94m)

Engine type                                                        ALCO 251B

Horsepower                                                       1750 (1305 kW)

Gear Ratio                                                         93:18

Wheel Arrangement                                           Co-Co

Maximum Axle Load                                           17.3 tons (17,300 kilograms)

Traction Motors                                                  6x A.G.E. Co. 761

Tractive Effort (starting)                                     56,000 lbs (249 kN)

Tractive Effort (continuous)                               42,900 lbs at 11.3 mph (191 kN at 17.7 km/

Maximum Speed                                                70 mph (112.6 km/h)

Fuel capacity                                                     1,334 gallons (6,065 litres)

Bogie centres                                                    9.29

Built by                                                              A E Goodwin, Sydney, NSW

Withdrawn                                                         03.07.1989

Condemned                                                      16.09.89

Mileage                                                             508,883 KM

Cylinders                                                           V12

Designer                                                            American Locomotive Company

Height                                                                4.01m


No.930 was the first ALCO diesel-electric locomotive built in Australia under licence by A. E. Goodwin Ltd, and was the first of an order of six placed by the former South Australian Railways. Placed in service on 20th December 1955, it had been given ALCO’s builder’s number 81885 (Goodwin did not issue their own) and was one of their model FD-6 units (Goodwin’s model DL500G). The FD series of locomotives formed ALCO’s ‘World Model’ and could be found working in Spain, India, Pakistan, Iraq and Peru. This first batch of South Australian locomotives were standard machines in that they were single cab units, but subsequent orders were for double-cab units.

The 930-class was to amount to 37 members, the last, No.966, being placed in service in June 1967. They were to become the workhorses of the South Australian Railways’ broad-gauge lines, and it was not until 1978, when Australian National took over South Australia’s country lines, that some of them were placed on the standard-gauge. Their duties varied from shunting and working wayside goods trains to hauling the ‘Overland’ between Adelaide and Serviceton. Under AN ownership they were to work right through to Melbourne and beyond.

Australian National also modified the 930s to allow them to work in multiple-unit with Clyde-GM units so that, as well as working with the GM, AL, BL and CL-classes, they could work in multiple with various Victorian classes. For some time the head-end power for the ‘Overland’ consisted of a V/Line X-class and a 930. Also in later years, though most were double-enders, AN adopted the policy of working them from the A-end only. During 1988 No.930 was renumbered 967.

The arrival of AN’s DL-class Clyde-GMs in 1987-88 meant that some of the earlier GMs and 930s were rendered surplus and were subsequently withdrawn from service. At the request of the museum 930 (alias 967) was earmarked for preservation and was placed in the museum on 4/5/90.

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