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NSU hauled narrow gauge Ghan at Alice Springs, circa 1960s
Class:NSU
Builder:Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England
Introduced:1954
Number in Class:14
Wheel Arrangement:A1A-A1A
Engine:Manufacture:Sulzer
-Model:6LDA28
Cylinders:Number:6 in line - 4 stroke
-Bore & stroke:11 in. x 14.2 in.
Horsepower:955/850 at 700 RPM
Traction Motors:Number:4
-Model:CP-170A1
Generator:Crompton-Parkinson CG-390
Gear ratio:65:14
Tractive EffortStarting:22,400 lbs
-Continuous:15,300 lbs @ 15.25 mph
Length (over coupling points):46 ft. 4 in.
Maximum Axle Load:10½ tons
Total weight:60 tons 13 cwt
Fuel Capacity:750 gallons
Maximum Speed:50 mph
Remarks:All units to Australian National Railways in 1975.

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29 March 1970,NSUs 55, 59 and 51 at Alice Springs

NSU 51 -- George McLeay

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
3.6.1954Entered service as "NSU 51". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL1.
12.6.1954Named George McLeay.
24.6.1954On first diesel hauled northbound Ghan with NSU 52.
14.6.1980To Pichi Richi Railway.

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NSU52 NSU52

NSU 52

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
26.5.1954Entered service as "NSU 52". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL2.
24.6.1954On first diesel hauled northbound Ghan with NSU 51.
24.4.1982To Pichi Richi Railway.
6.1986Hired by Australian National for use on the Orroroo line.
30.8.1986Returned to Quorn after hiring to Australian National.
30.5.1997TIMS/WMS: shows locomotive "NSU 52 M" in AN "Mainland Division".
Owner:"PRRPS"
Length Over Headstocks:"12.8m"
Tare Weight:"62.5tonne"
Current Gauge:"Narrow"
Gauge Restrictions:"N"
Bogie Configuration:"A1A-A1A"
Run Restriction:"Vehicle suitable for use on AN lines only on gauge(s) shown"
Diagram Book Page No.:"NN 4"
Date Built:"01.01.1955"
Operating System:"SRPS"
Intended Use:"MAINLINE"
Installed Power:"1045kw"
BSG Code:"LMSO"

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NSU 53

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
27.7.1954Entered service as "NSU 53". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL3.
11.1967To North Australia Railway.
10.1971To Central Australia Railway.
4.1980To Peterborough.
29.10.1981To Alice Springs for Rail Recovery. Sold to Roberts Recovery unit.
23.9.1982Last used on Oodnadatta to Ewaninga section.
8.1982Motors removed.
-To Ghan Preservation Society, Alice Springs.

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9.8.2002,Quorn - NSU54 diesel

NSU 54

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
15.12.1954Entered service as "NSU 54". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL4.
-Station at Quorn for a period ending 1960.
20.9.1983Tender called for disposal at Port Augusta.
1983To Pichi Richi Railway.

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NSU63 + NSU55

NSU 55

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
24.12.1954Entered service as "NSU 55". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL5.
-Used on Marree Rail Recovery.
16.1.1994To Steamtown Peterborough ex Marree.

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NSU61 and NSU56

NSU 56

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
31.12.1954Entered service as "NSU 56". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL6.
1972To North Australia Railway.
1975To Central Australia Railway.
1.1980To Gladstone.
22.10.1981To Rail Recovery Marree.

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9.5.1987,Marree loco NSU57

NSU 57

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
2.2.1955Entered service as "NSU 57". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL7.
1980Stored Marree.
20.9.1983Tender called for disposal at Marree.

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NSU 58 and crew car NEA 1144 14.6.1990,MacDonell Siding - NSU 58 and NEA1146

NSU 58

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
14.1.1955Entered service as "NSU 58". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL8.
1.1980To Gladstone.
9.4.1980To Peterborough.
-Used frequently at Peterborough and Gladstone.
3.3.1982Written off, but actually used after this date.
20.9.1983Tender called for disposal at Peterborough. The tender was not proceeded with.
17.12.1986TIMS/WMS: locomotive "NSU 58 U" alteration complete: "apply check letter to class & number of approximately 443 locomotives, passenger cars and rail cars. Classify Overland sleeping cars. (RS4173)".
13.2.1987Transferred to Gladstone.
1.5.1987Transferred to Peterborough.
4.5.1987Transferred to Gladstone.
12.5.1987Transferred to Peterborough.
6.7.1987Transferred from Peterborough to Gladstone.
7.7.1988To Ghan Preservation Society, Alice Springs on flat AZQF 1966.

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28.8.1976 - Alice Springs - View of loco depot NSU 59, NSU55, NSU57 and NJ2

NSU 59

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
8.3.1955Entered service as "NSU 59". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL9.
24.9.1981Withdrawn.
1981To Alice Springs Rail Recovery. Sold to Roberts Recovery unit.
23.9.1982Last used on Oodnadatta to Ewaninga section.
-To Ghan Preservation Society, Alice Springs.

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NSU 60

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
18.2.1955Entered service as "NSU 60". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL10.
1980Stored Marree.
20.9.1983Tender called for disposal at Marree.

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NSU61 + NSU56

NSU 61

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
20.3.1955Entered service as "NSU 61". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL11.
1980Stored Port Augusta, partially stripped.
20.9.1983Tender called for disposal at Port Augusta.
1985To Mile End Railway Museum.
19.7.1988To Port Dock Station Railway Museum.

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29.3.1997,Peterborough - NSU62 - derelict

NSU 62

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
25.5.1955Entered service as "NSU 62". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL12.
27.11.1972To North Australia Railway.
1974To Central Australia Railway.
1980Stored Marree.
16.6.1994To Steamtown Peterborough ex Marree.

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Static preservation of NSU63 at Wishart N.T. November 1993

NSU 63

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
9.7.1955Entered service as "NSU 63". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL13.
11.1956To North Australia Railway.
11.1967To Central Australia Railway.
24.9.1981Withdrawn.
1981To Alice Springs Rail Recovery. Sold to Roberts Recovery unit.
23.9.1982Last used on Oodnadatta to Ewaninga section.
8.1982Motors removed.
-To Ghan Preservation Society, Alice Springs.
-To Wishart, N.T.
-Gifted Wayne Morris at Wishart Siding to the Adelaide River Heritage Centre.[th]
6.2003Moved to Adelaide River.

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25.8.1976 - Marree - NSU64 and NSU56

NSU 64

Diesel locomotive with A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co..
12.10.1955Entered service as "NSU 64". Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Waggon Co., England, builder No.DL14.
16.8.1956To North Australia Railway.
10.1971To Central Australia Railway.
24.9.1981Withdrawn.
1981 To Alice Springs Rail Recovery. Sold to Roberts Recovery unit.
23.9.1982Last used on Oodnadatta to Ewaninga section.
-To Ghan Preservation Society, Alice Springs.

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