B class diesel electric locomotives
Model: ML2

B 82 at Sth Dynon loco, Sept. 19 1981.
VR's first mainline diesel, the B class were seen all over the state and in every type of service, only the lightest branchlines could not handle them. For most of their lives they were utilised to the max. resulting in very high mileages being run in a very short space of time. (By December 1954 they were averaging 2,630 miles per week)
Until the late 70's they were the only locos used on Bendigo passenger trains. They ran in "jet" service (Adelaide interstate freights) until the late 70's and were also common power on The Overland. They never ran on the Standard Gauge except for a few weeks in 1975 when B 60 was put on the SG to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Harold Clapp. In many ways they were VR's best known and best loved diesel loco. Even now a few are still in service for new operators.

In the early 1980's it was planned to rebuild all 26 B's into A class, after 11 were done the program was stopped.

All of the B's were built at Clyde's Granville N.S.W. plant

B class diagram

Until September 1981 all of the B's wore the VR blue and gold paint scheme, after this time most B's were painted in several different schemes as outlined below.

Click on the color schemes for a photo.

vrb VR blue and gold
vic VicRail tangerine and silver
vlo V/Line orange and grey
wcb West Coast Railway blue
mur West Coast Railway special Murraylander scheme
vlo test V/Line orange test scheme
ssr Southern Shorthaul Railroad
cfcla Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia
Road # Serial #
In service
Withdrawn Service life Disposition Color schemes Notes
B 60 ML2-1
14/7/1952
11/2/1983 3,523,338 miles to A 60 vrb Named "Harold W Clapp"
B 61 ML2-2
18/8/1952
to W.C.R. vrb - vlo - wcb - ssr
B 62 ML2-3
8/9/1952
28/10/83 3,443,639 miles to A 62 vrb First diesel loco in Australia to run one million miles
B 63 ML2-4
7/10/1952
2/6/1988 to Steamrail vrb - vlo
B 64 ML2-5
27/10/1952
to WCR vrb - vic - vlo
B 65 ML2-6
17/11/1952
to WCR vrb - wcb - Auscision
B 66 ML2-7
8/12/1952
11/5/1984 to A 66 vrb
B 67 ML2-8
22/12/1952
18/10/1985 3,242,314 miles scrapped 4/1988 vrb
B 68 ML2-9
2/2/1953
19/11/1985 3,283,325 miles scrapped 4/1988 vrb - vic
B 69 ML2-10
23/2/1953
e may 1988 scrapped vrb - vic - vlo
B 70 ML2-11
23/3/1953
3/6/1984 3,086,350 miles to A70 vrb
B 71 ML2-12
13/4/1953
1/7/1982 2,954,620 miles to A 71 vrb
B 72 ML2-13
4/5/1953
2/1/1986 3,365,346 miles to Steamrail vrb
B 73 ML2-14
25/5/1953
17/11/1981 2,843,394 miles to A 73 vrb
B 74 ML2-15
15/6/1953
e may 1988 to SRHC vrb - vic - vlo - vrb
B 75 ML2-16
6/7/1953
to WCR then to GN
now privately owned
vrb
B 76 ML2-17
27/7/1953
to WCR vrb - vlo - wcb
B 77 ML2-18
17/8/1953
27/9/1982 2,988,174 miles to A 77 vrb
B 78 ML2-19
7/9/1953
29/2/1984 3,016,135 miles to A 78 vrb
B 79 ML2-20
28/9/1953
18/6/1984 3,101,884 miles to A 79 vrb
B 80 ML2-21
19/10/1953
to WCR vrb - vic - vlo - mur
B 81 ML2-22
9/11/1953
15/8/1984 3,072,680 miles to A 81 vrb - vic
B 82 ML2-23
30/11/1953
23/5/1988 scrapped vrb - vic - vlo
B 83 ML2-24
21/12/1953
e may 1988 to ARHS museum vrb - vic - vlo
B 84 ML2-25
18/1/1954
23/5/1988 scrapped vrb - vic - vlo test- vlo
B 85 ML2-26
22/2/1954
13/3/1983 2,864,521 miles to A 85 vrb


B 60 at Enfield N.S.W. on its delivery run to Melbourne. Note the absence of number plates and the brand new A. E. Goodwin built GY wagons on flat wagons also being delivered to the VR. July 10 1952
Photo Courtesy Noel Reed


A very new B 72 gets serviced at Nth Melbourne loco, circa 1953.



B 63 at Sth Dynon loco, Sept 19 1981.



ABOVE: B 67 in happier times, awaiting its next run at Sth Dynon loco, 1984.
BELOW: April 1988 and B 67 is now just a pile of scrap.



B 72 at Sth Dynon loco, Oct 10 1981.
Note the slightly different painting of the area under the anticlimber.


B 75 at Trawalla, 1979


B 61 at Sth Dynon, March 1984, unbelievably B 61 is still in service 54 years after delivery!


ABOVE: Roof view of B 62, 1978
BELOW: Overhead view of B 65, 1982, photo courtesy John Ward

Links to more B class photos

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