Queensland Railways - 1270 Class - HO Scale
ENGLISH ELECTRIC Diesel Electric Locomotive 1270 Class
Another mid 60's locomotive, the 1270 Class English Electric, was another mainline unit of 90 tons, having comprised 30 members in the class.
Being a more modern version of the 1250 class, they were manufactured in Brisbane, at the Rocklea plant of English Electric, to augment the growing fleet of QR diesels needed to attain full dieselisation of the system. Class leader 1270 entered service in October 1964
A special livery (gold, red striping) was applied to unit 1281 as part of the QR Centenary Celebrations in 1965, and she was named "Century". Unlike the other named celebratory locomotive (Clyde GM, 1461, "Centennial", 1281 was delivered wearing the gold livery, from new.
This particular unit was retained after the withdrawal of the 1270 Class, having been condemmed in 1989.
Some maintenance/restoration work was initiated and it re-entered service in 1995. Since then it has done some enthusiast trips in the Rockhampton area, and has subsequently been restored and preserved as an exhibit in the recently opened "Workshops Rail Museum" at Ipswich, Queensland. Two units still exist, 1281 and Classleader 1270