W243

W243

Constructed by Tulloch, Rhodes NSW and entered service February 1960. Ended service as a shunter at Spotswood yard. Designed as a shunting engine for the many Victorian Railways yards, but also saw service on Werribee passenger services (briefly) and branchline freight. The class as a whole were plagued with engine and transmission problems that led to them being very unpopular with crews and fitters. The original Mercedes engines were replaced with GM versions, but many of the issues persisted. Exhibit W255 shows the modifications for the newer engine. W243 is the last unit in existance with the original Mercedes engine. Photo by Andrew Henderson