Queensland Railways - 1700 Class - HO Scale
CLYDE Diesel Electric Locomotive 1700 Class
Manufactured at Rocklea Queensland by ComEng Qld for Clyde Engineering in 1963, these little workhorses were introduced before the demise of the QR steam locomotives, and were a branchline locomotive due to their light weight of 59 tons. They were capable of running in multiple and regularly used on passenger and livestock trains out to and from the backblocks of the state, as well as seeing service on some Brisbane suburban services. There were 12 of the locos built and put into service. These locos were powered by a supercharged 8 cylinder 567 series GM engine of 874 horsepower, and as such were a little slow "off the mark," resulting in a later order of an upgraded version and class, (1720) with a larger engine and specifically intended for surburban traffic. Originally fitted with screwlink couplers, in later years, auto couplers were fitted, some were fitted with air conditioning and during the course of their lives, also ran with 3 different liveries.