BHP Whyalla DE class

The BHP Whyalla DE class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville for BHP between 1956 and 1965.

BHP Whyalla DE class
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderClyde Engineering
ModelEMD G8
Build date1956–1965
Total produced9
RebuilderMorrison-Knudsen Australia
Rebuild date1993–1995
Number rebuilt6
 • UICBo-Bo
Gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Fuel typeDiesel
Prime moverEMD 567
Number in class9
Current ownerGenesee & Wyoming Australia
SCT Logistics
Disposition6 in service, 3 scrapped


In 1956 BHP purchased two Electro-Motive Diesel G8 locomotives from Clyde Engineering for use at its narrow gauge Iron Knob iron-ore quarry.[1]

In 1956 the first of four larger Electro-Motive Diesel G12 locomotives was delivered from Clyde Engineering for use on the narrow gauge BHP Whyalla Tramway, a fifth was delivered in June 1961.[1]

Following the construction of the 39.5 kilometre Coffin Bay Tramway standard gauge line between Proper Bay and Coffin Bay on the Eyre Peninsula, two standard gauge G12s were purchased in 1965.[1][2] Following the quarry railway being closed in 1968, the G8s were both transferred to the standard gauge railway.[1]

Between 1993 and 1995, six were remanufactured by Morrison-Knudsen Australia, at its Whyalla factory, receiving new cabs.[3][4][5]

In 2003 the Whyalla Steelworks became part of OneSteel and the rail operations transferred to Australian Railroad Group. The DEs were renumbered as the 1250 and 1300 classes.[6] With the split up of Australian Railroad Group in 2006, the remaining five DE class transferred to Genesee & Wyoming Australia.

During the 1990s remanufacturing program, DE02 had been stripped as a source of parts. In 2005-2006 it was rebuilt at Islington Railway Workshops for SCT Logistics for use in Parkes. As it was very similar to the Victorian Railways T class it was renumbered T414.[7]

Status tableEdit

Locomotive Model In Service Owner Status Notes
DE01 EMD G8 Oct 1956 Genesee & Wyoming Australia In service Rebuilt as DE1 Feb 1994, renumbered 1301
DE02 EMD G8 Nov 1956 SCT Logistics In service Rebuilt by Islington Railway Workshops as T414
DE03 EMD G12 Nov 1956 Genesee & Wyoming Australia In service Rebuilt as DE3 Sep 1994, renumbered 1302
DE04 EMD G12 Dec 1956 Genesee & Wyoming Australia In service Rebuilt as DE4 Mar 1995, renumbered 1303
DE05 EMD G12 May 1957 Genesee & Wyoming Australia In service Renumbered 1251
DE06 EMD G12 Aug 1957 BHP Scrapped Nov 1996
DE07 EMD G12 Jun 1961 Genesee & Wyoming Australia In service Rebuilt as DE7 Mar 1994, renumbered 1304
DE08 EMD G12 Nov 1965 Genesee & Wyoming Australia Scrapped Oct 02 Rebuilt as DE8 May 1994, destroyed in accident Apr 2002
DE09 EMD G12 Dec 1965 Genesee & Wyoming Australia Scrapped Oct 02 Rebuilt as DE9 May 1993, destroyed in accident Apr 2002


  1. ^ a b c d Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850-1980s. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. pp. 221, 222, 224. ISBN 0 730100 05 7.
  2. ^ "Traffic" Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin issue 754 August 2000 page 318
  3. ^ "Morrison Knudsen Australia and the CLPs" Railway Digest June 1994 page 18
  4. ^ BHP / Onesteel / Arrium Whyalla Diesel Locomotives Minnipa Siding
  5. ^ DE Class (BHP Whyalla) Railpage
  6. ^ 1300 Class (ARG) Railpage
  7. ^ T Class (T414) Railpage

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