V/Line RTL class

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RTL class
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Western Star Trucks
Serial number 2WLPCCCJ9TK941796
Build date 1995
Total produced 1
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Length 11.23 metres
Loco weight 25.4 tonnes
Fuel type Diesel
Operators V/Line Freight
Freight Australia
Numbers RTL1
Current owner Just Track

The V/Line RTL class is a road-rail locomotive, capable of operating on both road and rail. It was basically a truck with retractable rail wheels. Built by Western Star Trucks in the United States, the rail equipment was provided by Brandt Industries of Canada.[1]

It was to be the first of three for V/Line Freight, but the other two were never completed. It was purchased for short-haul duties on grain lines, and began tests in January 1996 on the Dookie and Cobram lines.[1] In 1999/2000 it was used to haul log trains between Bairnsdale and Sale on the Gippsland line.[2] Numbered RTL1, its vehicle registration number was MVO782. It was included in the sale of V/Line Freight to Freight Australia, and was given the custom registration plate of MVORTL. It was included in the sale of Freight Australia to Pacific National.

After being stored at South Dynon Locomotive Depot for a number of years[3] it was sold in 2011 to Just Track,[4] and was used during the 2012 upgrade of the Gawler line in Adelaide. In 2015, it was used to haul wagon flats on the Southern Sydney Freight Line between Enfield and Leightonfield.[5]


Locomotive Entered service Withdrawn Owner Status
RTL1 January 1996 Just Track In Service


  1. ^ a b "New Road - Rail Vehicle to Improve Competitiveness of V/Line Short-Haul Freight" Railway Digest, March 1996, p.16
  2. ^ RTL Hobbies Plus
  3. ^ Road Transferable Locomotive Wongm's Rail Gallery
  4. ^ "Capabilities". Just Track. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  5. ^ Operation of Western Star Road Transferable Locomotive Australian Rail Track Corporation 4 November 2015
  • Peter J. Vincent: RTL class
  • Vicsig RTL class
  • Railpage Australia forum thread with sightings
  • Weston Langford gallery
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