N class diesel electric locomotives MODEL: JT22HC-2
In the early 1980's it was decided to rebuild all 26 B class into A class. This program was stopped after 11 B's had been rebuilt but the parts for all the B to A conversions had been ordered. Initially 10 N class were ordered but the order was extended to 25, the 15 additional N's were equipped with the parts that were to go into the A's.

The N's feature dual cabs and a head end power diesel generator and have been used in passenger service since their delivery. Mechanically the N's and the A's are pretty much identical, the only difference being that N's have a head end power generator, A's do not.

All of the N's were built at Clyde's Somerton, Victoria plant

N class diagram

Until 1995 all of the N's wore the V/Line orange/grey scheme, after this time the N's were painted in V/Line pass. crimson paint scheme.

Click on the color schemes for a photo.

vlo V/Line orange/grey
vlc V/Line pass crimson

1st Order (12/645E3C engine)

Road # Serial #
In service
Disposition Color schemes Name
N 451 85-1219
Sep. 1985
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Portland
N 452 85-1220
Oct. 1985
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc Rural City Of Wodonga
N 453 85-1221
Nov. 1985
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Albury
N 454 85-1222
Nov. 1985
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Horsham
N 455 85-1223
Dec. 1985
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Swan Hill
N 456 85-1224
Jan. 1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Colac
N 457 85-1225
Feb. 1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Mildura
N 458 85-1226
Mar.1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Maryborough
N 459 85-1227
Apr. 1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Echuca
N 460 85-1258
May. 1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Castlemaine


N 469 shows the V/Line pass. colour scheme at Spencer Street station, Jan 2004

2nd Order (12/645E3B engine)

Road # Serial #
In service
Disposition Color schemes Name
N 461 86-1190
Jul. 1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Ararat
N 462 86-1191
Aug. 1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Shepparton
N 463 86-1192
Sep. 1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Bendigo
N 464 86-1193
Sep. 1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Geelong
N 465 86-1194
Oct. 1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Ballaarat
N 466 86-1195
Oct. 1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Warrnambool
N 467 86-1196
Nov. 1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Stawell
N 468 86-1197
Dec. 1986
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Bairnsdale
N 469 86-1198
Jan. 1987
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Morwell
N 470 87-1199
Feb. 1987
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Wangaratta
N 471 87-1200
Feb. 1987
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Benalla
N 472 87-1201
Mar. 1987
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Sale
N 473 87-1202
Apr. 1987
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Warragul
N 474 87-1203
May 1987
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Traralgon
N 475 87-1204
Jul. 1987
to V/Line pass. vlo - vlc City Of Moe

Above, N 475 at Sth Dynon, Feb. 13 1988 and below at Newport, Sep 29 2007


Roof view of N 461 at Spencer Street, Nov. 2003


The latest paint scheme for the N class is this one,which to my eye, looks like a clownface.
Spencer Street, Nov. 16 2008
Photo courtesy Valerian Patykowski


Control stand of N class as delivered. 1988

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