F class diesel electric locomotives

The first 10 F class have the distinction of being VR's first diesel locomotives. They were mainly used in shunting service around Melbourne but were also used at Geelong, Seymour, Wodonga and Bendigo and perhaps other locations. Over the years quite a few changes were made: they were delivered in a black paint scheme then went to red with a yellow stripe and finally VR's familiar blue and gold, near the end of their careers at least one was painted V/Line orange/grey. Their road numbers were changed in 1958 as SECV 3 would have become F 320 but T 320 was already in service.

The last 6 were purchased second hand from the State Electricity Commision of Victoria on the dates shown below. No evidence exists that SECV 3 - 6 ever actually worked in SEC service, it appears that VR leased them upon delivery until they purchased them

All of the F's were built by the Dick Kerr Works in the United Kingdom

  • Paint schemes:
  • blk: As delivered all black scheme
  • ry: Mainly red with yellow stripe (1955 to 1971)
  • vrb: VR blue and gold (First F painted blue, 1964)
  • secg: Hawthorn green, as delivered
  • secb: Very similar to VR blue and gold but with a thinner yellow stripe
  • vlo: V/Line orange/grey

DIAGRAM

* click on loco # for photo
Road # Serial #
In service
Withdrawn
Original #
Disposition
Color schemes Notes
F 201 * 1754
18/11/1951
Dec. 1983 F 310 ??? blk - ry - vrb # changed 26/5/1958
F 202 * 1755
6/9/1951
F 311 to SRHS blk - ry - vrb # changed 18/5/1958
F 203 1756
23/11/1951
Oct. 1981 F 312 condemned Dec 1981 blk - ry - vrb # changed 18/5/1958
F 204 1757
31/10/1951
4/1981 F 313 condemned March 1982, to Steamrail, to 707 ops blk - ry - vrb # changed 18/5/1958
F 205 * 1758
3/10/1951
mid 1981 F 314 condemned Dec 1981, scrapped NP 7/11/1986 blk - ry - vrb # changed 25/5/1958
F 206 * 1759
23/9/1951
off reg. 6/1981 F 315 scrapped 6/1981 blk - ry - vrb # changed 18/5/1958
F 207 * 1760
7/10/1951
Dec. 1981 F 316 condemned Aug 1982, scrapped 7/11/1986 blk - ry - vrb # changed 16/5/1958
F 208 1761
2/12/1951
F 317 707 ops blk - ry - vrb-blk # changed 18/5/1958
F 209 1762
27/11/1951
Dec. 1980 F 318 condemned March 1982 scrapped 7/11/1986 blk - ry - vrb # changed 18/5/1958
F 210 1763
23/2/1953
withdrawn nov '79 off reg. 6/1981 F 319 scrapped July 1981 blk - ry - vrb # changed 18/5/1958
F 211 * 1808
23/3/1953
Sept. 1986 SEC 3 to ARHS museum secg - secb -vrb - vlo purchased from SECV 15/6/1958
F 212 1915
15/4/1953
Nov. 1986 SEC 4 to Castelmaine & Maldon secg - secb -vrb purchased from SECV July 1959
F 213 * 1916
12/4/1953
4/1981 SEC 5 condemned March 1982 secg - secb -vrb purchased from SECV July 1959
F 214 * 1917
29/4/1953
Oct '79 withdrawn, off reg. 6/1981 SEC 6 scrapped June 1981 secg - secb -vrb purchased from SECV July 1959
F 215 1806
18/1/1952
April 1983 SEC 1 condemned May 1983 secg - secb -vrb purchased from SECV 29/5/1971
F 216 * 1807
29/1/1952
SEC 2 to ARHS museum secg - secb -vrb purchased from SECV 29/5/1971


F 202 ( ex F 311) at Sth Dynon, 1978



F 204 at Sth Dynon loco
Photo courtesy Peter J. Vincent.



F 205 (ex F 314) at Sth Dynon 1977



F 206 at Sth Dynon, 1978



F 207 (ex F 316) at Sth Dynon 1978



F 208 at Spencer Street, Sept. 21 1982
Photo courtesy Warren Banfield



F 209 at Spencer St, 1979
Photo courtesy Peter J Vincent



F 210 at Sth Dynon, March 1978
Photo courtesy Steve Bucton.


F 210 at Sth Dynon loco, 1979
Photo courtesy Peter J Vincent



F 211 at Geelong, Nov. 5 1982
Photo courtesy Warren Banfield


F 211 at Sth Dynon, Oct. 7 1985
Photo courtesy Warren Banfield


F 211 at Sth Dynon, 1985. I believe that this was the only F that was painted in V/Line colours.



F 212 at Geelong loco, July 1979
Photo courtesy Rob O'Regan



F 213 (ex SEC 5) at Geelong 1978


ABOVE & BELOW: F 214 (ex SEC 6) at Bendigo 1978



F 215 (ex SEC 1) at Seymour 1978



Above, F 216 at Newport workshops, still in its SECV paint scheme, 1981
photo courtesy James Gordon



F 311 (later F 202) as it was offloaded from the boat from England.



4 F class are seen shunting in the pass. yard at Spencer St, an assignment they held right to the end. photo 1979
Photo courtesy Peter J Vincent


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The last of VR's order, F 319 (later F 210) shunts in the Spencer St passenger yard, June 1954



Above, SEC 2, (which became F 216) in SEC service at Newport Powerhouse.  Sept. 24 1967
Photo courtesy Daryl Dedman

Below, SEC 2 (F 216) as preserved at the ARHS museum, Williamstown, 2005



Almost brand new F 311 at a display at Spencer Street, 1952


The article below is from the Feb. 1952 VR Newsletter

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