Four ex-Kiwirail (New Zealand) class DQ 1,500hp Co-Co diesel locos have been sold to an undisclosed buyer in South Africa. Units 6347 and 6382 were seen in a freight train heading north from Wellington, bound for Auckland. They are booked to sail from Auckland on 15 May.
According to a Wikipedia report, 6376 was damaged in a collision, while 6324 “had worn its wheelsets down to the point where they would need to be replaced for the locomotive to continue in regular service”. Presumably these two locos will follow later, though it is not clear whether it is intended to repair them prior to export.
The four locos were built originally as part of a fleet of 21 classed 1460 for Queensland Rail (QR) in Australia during the mid-sixties, 19 being acquired by the New Zealand operators in 1995. They were supplied for main-line use but were not entirely satisfactory, being relegated eventually to helper service.