On Thursday 14 January 2021 we took delivery of a new locomotive. President Rod Prince said “We are extremely grateful to TasRail for entrusting us with the preservation of such an important and historic locomotive. Some 275 locomotives were built at the English Electric (later GEC) factory in Rocklea, Queensland. Not only was ZA6 the last English Electric locomotive built there, but was also the last English Electric diesel locomotive built in the world. Today’s delivery has been a long time in the making, with discussions taking place with TasRail over many years. I would like to thank the entire TasRail team and contractors for the work involved in delivering it safely to us today. It marks the first V12 English Electric locomotive in Tasmania to be preserved in a museum.”
Over the coming weeks our project team will undertake a full assessment of ZA6 to determine a restoration schedule. A GoFundMe page and website page will be launched in the coming days. Included with delivery was a mini tamper, which we also thank TasRail for.
There will be an official handover ceremony of the locomotive in the coming weeks.