E - 1500VDC Electric Locomotive


In 1923 two electric locomotives were placed into service. The locomotives were for goods train service within the new electrified suburban network.

The units were steeple cab types, numbered 1100 and 1101.

The Chief Mechanical Engineer approved construction of the two locomotives in Feb 1922. Drawings for the 'Electric Loco Class E' were received at Newport Workshops during August 1922. However as construction progressed advice was received that the locomotives were to be issued without class plates and were to be known by number only.

In 1928/1929, ten more locos were built numbered 1102 - 1111. These were of the box cab style. It would appear that twelve units were to be built. An axle diagram of the era shows the wording "Elec Loco 1102 - 1113".

By the late 1950's, the locomotives 1102 - 1111 received 'E' class plates from scrap steam locos.

Units 1100 and 1101 were slightly damaged in a runaway train accident at Fairfield about 1954. By a stroke of bad luck, the crew left the engines to attend to a burst hose pipe along the train which was approaching the Paper Mill siding. Unfortunately, the traction controller was left in the 'ON' position, disabled by the reduction in brake pressure. Immediately the broken hosepipe was fixed, the pressure was restored, power returned to the traction motors and the train powered down to the buffers at the siding, unattended. Both units were scrapped in 1955. The crew informed the author that the damage was insufficient to cause scrapping. Later VR publications showed that the locomotives were scrapped as unsuitable for autocoupler conversion.

These engines were commonly referred to as "Black Loco's" by crews, until painted in royal blue/yellow scheme from the mid 1960's. First unit painted blue/gold was E1111 on 13/11/1965. In later years the units were also nicknamed 'Electric chairs'.

Photographs of the boxcab engines show them fitted with steam locomotive dual couplers. The buffer attachment was unusual in that the buffer was placed with a 2" ( 50mm ) offset downwards from the original headstock placement. It appears that in the autocoupler conversion the underframe was lifted about 50mm to achieve sufficient clearance of the running gear motors. With the underframe lifted, the buffers would be required to be lowered by the same amount. Photographs of E's in the 1950's show buffers attached to straight extensions.

The first of the boxcab units were scrapped in 1981.

   Photos   for  'E  '

FileID Description................................................

   DO598 E - 6 units stabled behind X 32, South Dynon, 13/1/1979, [oPJV]
   DI554 E - Down Heidelberg goods through 1A, Flinders Street, 22/12/1977, [oPJV]
   B1152 E - loco in yard, Flinders Street, 26/3/1979, [oPJV]
   DB595 E - part view, up goods, Richmond, 1960s, [oPTC]
   CR342 E - Up goods approach Home Post 84, Richmond, 1970s, [oPTC]
   BP548 E - 3 x locos stored near scrap road, Newport Workshops, 9/6/1982, [oPJV]
   BP423 E - 3 x locos, stored scrap road, Newport Workshops, 6/7/1982, [oPJV]
   BB947 E - body, Newport Workshops, 2/4/1981, [oPJV]
   BB948 E - body 2, Newport Workshops, 2/4/1981, [oPJV]
   BB853 E - body on ground, Newport Workshops, 2/4/1981, [oPJV]
   BB950 E - body on ground, u/f on rails, Newport Workshops, 2/4/1981, [oPJV]
   BD329 E - body, underframe after scrapping, Newport Workshops, c1981, [oPJV]
   BB836 E - cutting body from underframe, Newport Workshops, 31/3/1981, [oPJV]
   BB949 E - end, perp, on ground, Newport Workshops, 2/4/1981, [oPJV]
   BE828 E - Jolimont pilot, Jolimont Workshops, 18/8/1981, [oPJV]
   BB869 E - loco bogies, scrapped loco, Newport Workshops, 4/1981, [oPJV]
   DN727 E - row of shutdown E s in shops, Jolimont Workshops, 5/1955, [sNXT]
   BB824 E - scrap road (1104?), Newport Workshops, 30/3/1981, [oPJV]
   BB835 E - scrap road, (PV 8.80), Newport Workshops, 31/3/1981, [oPJV]
   BB871 E - underframe details, underside, Newport Workshops, 4/1981, [oPJV]
   BB951 E - underframe, NP 6.73, Newport Workshops, 2/4/1981, [oPJV]
   BB870 E - upturned underframe, Newport Workshops, 4/1981, [oPJV]
   AD457 E 1100, [oPTC]
   AU473 E 1100 + E 1101, [oPTC]
   AW587 E 1100 - first elec goods, Sandringham line, 6/8/1924, [sMDN]
   AU473 E 1101 + E 1100, [oPTC]
   DN726 E 1101 - distant, Jolimont Workshops, c1953, [sNXT]
   AE216 E 1101 - Down freight, Richmond, [sFXK]
   DN729 E 1101 - heads 10 x E locos in shed (2), Jolimont Workshops, 5/1955, [sNXT]
   AD458 E 1102, [sFXK]
   BU037 E 1102 + E - Fantrip, Clifton Hill, c1985, [oMUH]
   CU707 E 1102 + HR - Brake Block pilot, Flinders Street Yard, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   B2962 E 1102 - 2nd loco, Flinders Street Yard, 1/4/1978, [oPJV]
   AA162 E 1102 - eXp, Flinders Street Yard, 10/1/1979, [oPJV]
   AA391 E 1102 - eXq, Flinders Street Yard, 10/1/1979, [oPJV]
   BT361 E 1102 - Jolimont pilot, Flinders Street Yard, 1980s, [oMUH]
   BI339 E 1102 - part view, Newport Workshops, 13/5/1983, [oPJV]
   BO325 E 1102 - part view, 2nd unit, Flinders Street yard, 26/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BU086 E 1102 - shunting, Flinders Street Yard, 1980s, [oMUH]
   AK714 E 1102 - straight buffers, Flinders Street Yard, c1934, [sPJV]
   AK715 E 1102 - straight buffers -2, Flinders Street Yard, c1934, [sPJV]
   AK716 E 1102 - straight buffers -3, Flinders Street Yard, c1934, [sPJV]
   AA421 E 1102 - sX, Flinders Street Yard, 10/1/1979, [oPJV]
   AK336 E 1102 - Up goods, South Yarra, 6/7/1977, [oPJV]
   AK583 E 1103 + E 1104, North Melbourne, 5/1968, [oPJV]
   BD333 E 1103 - on scrap road, Newport Workshops, c1981, [oPJV]
   BQ259 E 1103 - stored stripped, Newport Workshops, 2/3/1982, [oPJV]
   BQ255 E 1103 - stripped, with yard truck loaded W loco, Newport Workshops, 2/3/1982, [oPJV]
   AR390 E 1104, Spencer St, 6/10/1968, [oPJV]
   DO680 E 1104 + E 1105 - Up PL cars/Flem Racecourse shuttle, North Melbourne, 29/1/1979, [oPJV]
   DO682 E 1104 - 2nd unit, North Melbourne, 29/1/1979, [oPJV]
   AW881 E 1104 - black loco, Flinders Street Yard, 16/9/1967, [oPJV]
   AK702 E 1104 - Black scheme, Flinders Street Yard, 9/1967, [oPJV]
   DK046 E 1104 - Jolimont pilot, Flinders Street Yard, 4/1/1977, [oPJV]
   DI817 E 1104 - on school train, Warragul, 12/1/1971, [oPJV]
   AK583 E 1104 - part view, North Melbourne, 5/1968, [oPJV]
   CU308 E 1104 - shops train: CMs/MK Ms, Flinders Street Yard, 25/5/1977, [oPJV]
   CU309 E 1104 - shops train: CMs/MK Ms, Flinders Street Yard, 25/5/1977, [oPJV]
   AO294 E 1104 - stabled School Train , Warragul, 12/1/1971, [oPJV]
   B2960 E 1104 - towed by T 332 on train, Flinders Street Yard, 1/4/1978, [oPJV]
   DL634 E 1105, Flinders Street Yard, 28/8/1980, [oPJV]
   DO622 E 1105 + E - fantrip, rd 9A, signals/platforms/Tait plat 11, Flinders Street, 29/1/1979, [oPJV]
   DO623 E 1105 + E - fantrip, rd 9A, Up PTM Tait arrives, Flinders Street, 29/1/1979, [oPJV]
   DO626 E 1105 + E - fantrip/PL cars, west end signals, Flinders Street, 29/1/1979, [oPJV]
   DO682 E 1105 + E 1104 - transfer between Macaulay/Dynon/revsersing?, North Melbourne, 29/1/1979, [oPJV]
   BM735 E 1105 + E 1108 - run around, Oakleigh, 5/3/1980, [oPJV]
   BD708 E 1105 - Jolimont Pilot, Flinders Street Yard, 1981, [oPJV]
   BM739 E 1105 - part view, Oakleigh, 5/3/1980, [oPJV]
   BH008 E 1105 - part view, dn goods, Flinders Street Yard, 9/3/1976, [oPJV]
   DL630 E 1105 - pilot, Flinders Street Yard, 28/8/1980, [oPJV]
   BD709 E 1105 - Yard Pilot, Flinders Street Yard, c1981, [oPJV]
   BL156 E 1106, Spencer Street, 29/8/1986, [oRAQ]
   BE021 E 1106, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   AS998 E 1106, Flinders Street Yard, 26/8/1983, [oPJV]
   DO686 E 1106 + E - Up PL cars/shuttle/ex Newport?, North Melbourne, 29/1/1979, [oPJV]
   BO325 E 1106 + E 1102 - hauls Tait set, Flinders Street yard, 26/1/1981, [oPJV]
   DO648 E 1106 + E 1105 - run around PL set/headlight glows, Spencer Street, 29/1/1979, [oPJV]
   BO074 E 1106 - dn scrap pilot, last D car transfer (340D), Flinders Street Yard, 6/2/1981, [oPJV]
   DL245 E 1106 - Down scrap pilot transfers turned MK M cars, Flinders Street Yard, 5/3/1980, [oPJV]
   BD845 E 1106 - east view of goods yard/Y 135, Flinders Street Yard, 23/8/1984, [oPJV]
   CA744 E 1106 - part view, Flinders Street Yard, c1985, [oREW]
   BI388 E 1106 - pilot, HR80+HR108+HR105, Flinders Street Yard, 22/4/1983, [oPJV]
   BE004 E 1106 - side on with E 1109, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   AU050 E 1106 - towed by L 1154 Up, Flinders Street Yard, 7/10/1983, [oPJV]
   BQ671 E 1106 - Up empties G wagons / Viaduct, Flinders Street, 7/11/1984, [oPJV]
   CA835 E 1106 - Up Heidelberg/Vic Park goods, Victoria Park, c1984, [oREW]
   BD846 E 1106 - waiting line; Y 135 distant, Flinders Street Yard, 23/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BE020 E 1106 - with E 1109, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BE003 E 1106 - with E 1109, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BL151 E 1106 - with E 1109, e1986, [oRAQ]
   BE018 E 1106 - with E 1109, L 1165, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   AW937 E 1106 - with QR, dropping ballast, Flinders Street Yard, 7/11/1983, [oPJV]
   AJ283 E 1107, Flinders Street, 5/1968, [oPJV]
   BK365 E 1107, Warragul, 16/3/1980, [oPJV]
   DK063 E 1107 - Jolimont pilot, Flinders Street Yard, 20/4/1977, [oPJV]
   BP955 E 1107 - numbers removed, Newport Workshops, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BY060 E 1107 - on shops transfer with MK cars, Newport Workshops, 10/10/1980, [oPJV]
   BL557 E 1107 - part view, Flinders Street Yard, 24/7/1980, [oPJV]
   BP953 E 1107 - part view, stored, no numbers, Newport Workshops, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   DK064 E 1107 - pilot, Flinders Street Yard, 20/4/1977, [oPJV]
   DL268 E 1107 - pilot/stabled, Warragul, 16/3/1980, [oPJV]
   BC964 E 1107 - shunting, Warragul, 9/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BD324 E 1107 - Transfer pilot, Up, with cars, Newport Workshops, c1981, [oPJV]
   DN278 E 1107 - Up scrap pilot transfers 2 x MK M cars, Newport Workshops, 10/10/1980, [oPJV]
   CT761 E 1107 - with shunters, Flinders Street Yard, 27/12/1978, [oPJV]
   BU087 E 1108 + E 1102 - fantrip runaround, Clifton Hill, c1985, [oMUH]
   DL244 E 1108 + E 1105 - ballast train, coupling up/guard, Oakleigh, 5/3/1980, [oPJV]
   BM739 E 1108 + E 1105 - couple to ballast train, Oakleigh, 5/3/1980, [oPJV]
   BM735 E 1108 - part view, 2nd unit, Oakleigh, 5/3/1980, [oPJV]
   BY265 E 1108 - passes Metrol bldg construction, Flinders Street Yard, 1/5/1979, [oPJV]
   DL255 E 1108 - pilot, low sun shows body rivets, Flinders Street Yard, 11/3/1980, [oPJV]
   AO296 E 1108 - shunting, Warragul, c1971, [oPJV]
   DL030 E 1108 - Up goods heads across viaduct/2 pos gantry/station, Flinders Street, 24/11/1978, [oPJV]
   DI921 E 1108 - yard pilot backs down to shunters, Warragul, 1/1/1972, [oPJV]
   BG744 E 1109, Flinders Street Yard, 27/10/1975, [oPJV]
   AK717 E 1109, South Dynon, 28/5/1975, [oPJV]
   CK401 E 1109, South Dynon, [sPJV]
   AV476 E 1109, Flinders Street Yard, 19/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BE021 E 1109, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BY532 E 1109 - bogie, Flinders Street Yard, 19/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BA993 E 1109 - distant view, Flinders Street Yard, 13/6/1984, [oPJV]
   BG746 E 1109 - end profile, Flinders Street Yard, 27/10/1975, [oPJV]
   BG743 E 1109 - eXp, Flinders Street Yard, 27/10/1975, [oPJV]
   BG175 E 1109 - eXp, Flinders Street Yard, 27/10/1975, [oPJV]
   BG745 E 1109 - eXq, Flinders Street Yard, 27/10/1975, [oPJV]
   BB298 E 1109 - Goods Yard, Flinders Street Yard, 24/7/1984, [oPJV]
   AT672 E 1109 - Newport scrap train/HR+ZL, Flinders Street Yard, 15/6/1983, [oPJV]
   AT674 E 1109 - Npt scrap train, Flinders Street Yard, 15/6/1983, [oPJV]
   BG747 E 1109 - Panto up s@e, Flinders Street Yard, 27/10/1975, [oPJV]
   B1434 E 1109 - passes under hump, North Melbourne, 13/4/1978, [oPJV]
   DK484 E 1109 - passing C Box, Flinders Street, 27/11/1977, [oPJV]
   BE004 E 1109 - side on with E 1106, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   CA836 E 1109 - Up Jolimont Scrap Pilot, Spotswood, c1985, [oREW]
   BL151 E 1109 - with E 1106, c1986, [oRAQ]
   BE020 E 1109 - with E 1106, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BE003 E 1109 - with E 1106, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BE018 E 1109 - with E 1106, L 1165, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   CA843 E 1109 - Yard pilot, L 1172 on pass, Flinders Street Yard, c1985, [oREW]
   BH008 E 1110 + E1105 - Dn Lilydale goods, Flinders Street Yard, 9/3/1976, [oPJV]
   DL168 E 1110 - newport scrap train with Tait cars, Flinders Street Yard, 7/2/1980, [oPJV]
   DL243 E 1110 - pilot, Flinders Street Yard, 4/3/1980, [oPJV]
   AW755 E 1110 - shunting, Warragul, 2/1968, [oPJV]
   BQ108 E 1111, Flinders Street Yard, 6/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BP954 E 1111 - numbers removed, Newport Workshops, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BQ109 E 1111 - on Newport Scrap train, 3 x Tait cars, Flinders Street Yard, 6/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BV512 E 1111 - part view, from flat wagons, South Dynon, 6/5/1979, [oPJV]
   AQ509 E 1111 - shunting at down end, shunter on running lines, Caufield, c1977, [oPJV]
   AA160 E 1111 - Up goods/ITs, Caulfield, 6/7/1977, [oPJV]
   BP953 E 1111 - with E 1107, stored, no numbers, Newport Workshops, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   Diagrams   for  'E  '

FileID Description................................................

   AB698 E - electric, [sD26]
   AK422 E - loco, [sPJV]

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File c557m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 22/3/2008