"City of Echuca" in the VLP livery of red, white and blue.

Diesel Electric Locomotives

N class

The V/Line N class are a mainline diesel electric locomotive introduced by V/Line from 1985. They were built by Clyde Engineering's Somerton plant in Victoria.

The N class have been in operation with V/Line since their introduction, and have worked primarily on passenger train workings, forming the core motive power for intrastate inter-city services but also providing motive power for the Overland and various freight services.

The fleet numbers 25 in total with all members still in active service.

The N class weigh 123 tonnes and have a power output of 1,680 kW. The locomotives are all fitted with head end power (HEP) for the provision of electricity to their train. Most units are capable of 115km/h however some have different traction motors equipped, capable of 130km/h.

The N class have spent their operational days almost exclusively on broad gauge. However, as part of the North-East Gauge Standardisation Project, some units will be placed on standard gauge for operating the Albury passenger train services.

The newest V/Line livery, as applied to the "City of Maryborough".

These models, available from Auscision, feature many locomotive specific details and variations, as was the case in real life.

They are fitted with scale-sized couplers and can have their headlights switched off for double-heading. The grilles on some of Auscision's A and B class locomotives began to lift after delivery because of sparse glue application and the lack of locating lugs. The N class improves on this particular shortcoming by featuring locating lugs on the grilles.