Written By: Alex Thorn
Photos By: Dean Jones, Tom Schache and Thomas Bulic
Page Last Updated: 26/8/20
The BRM class were constructed at SSR’s Bendigo Workshops during 2012/13 and are based off of the GT26C-3 model. Similar models have been used in the design of previous XR and VL class locomotives with the BRM class looking visually similar. The locomotives are fitted with EMD 16-645E3C with an output of 3300hp. The roofline is very similar to that used in the XR class design, however it features a full width nose similar to the VL class. Both are painted in Consolidating Rail Leasing red, yellow and black livery. This company lease the locomotives, however are hiring them to SSR.
Once the first unit, BRM001 was complete, it was trucked to Kelso to be placed on standard gauge bogies. It had previously sat on broad gauge bogies while construction was taking place at Bendigo. BRM002 was also trucked to NSW a few months later. Once in service, both units were used on various SSR operations within NSW, mainly Hunter Valley coal traffic. They would then be used regularly on container trains between Botany and Kelso. During 2019, both units were transferred to interstate grain traffic and have made appearances in Victoria and South Australia.
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All information sourced from Wikipedia and Vicsig