With the delivery of their SCT Class nearly compete (only SCT015 is still to be delivered from EDI Cardiff (NSW), which will run into Sydney next week), SCT have found little use for the nine G Class they purchased from Pacific National back in March 2007. This was due to an ACCC requirement that Pacific National to provide a “starter kit” of locomotives to a new competitor on the east-west rail corridor. Combined with leased NR Class units (among others), SCT used the nine G Class to haul it’s services until the delivery of their EDI built SCT Class began this year.
With the delivery of the SCT Class, the G Class (which were all heavily overhauled at EDI Rail’s Newport Workship (Vic), which included inline fuelling, data loggers and digital speedometers, among other upgrades) have been leased on to other operators. This has seen a number of the units into NSW, moving further east than Goobang Junction (Parkes) which until recently, remained one of the only places in NSW to sight them (now, this is an excellent place to see the SCT class at work).
G511, G533 and G535 “Kevin Sheedy Express” have all been leased to QRNational for East Coast services, seeing plenty of use on Melbourne to Brisbane and Melbourne to Sydney trains. G512 has also recently been on lease to ARG, for use on their Manildra services, although ARG’s lease on it expires tomorrow. Other members of the class in SCT colours have been seen on Freightlink trains in NT, ARG trains in WA, and El Zorro grain trains in Victoria/South Australia (the latter two units also seen in the company of other lease units such as C501).
The SCT G Class (save for G511) all have SCT logos on front and side, and look sensational in their vibrant red and white colour scheme, adding a splash of colour to the already colourful lashups of QRN/ARG in recent weeks.