Re: Christmas Island 79


Philip G Graham
 

This heavily-modified GE 44T is definitely one of the ex NSWGR 79-class. After having been purchased from NSWGR, the unit was shipped to Western Australia for re-building to Christmas Island requirements. As you say, the 44T in NSW had the buffer/drawhook combination and the mounting plates for the buffer housings can still be seen. As well as auto-couplers being fitted the unit was re-engined, and the engine hoods modified. The Mansard roof was as delivered, as GE built from new other 44T and 45T Dropcabs with this restricted clearance feature during WWII.

Photographs of the O&K V36 working on Christmas Island are rare.

-PGG-

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