Re: : German Industrial Locos in contemporary Australia (Was SMR)


Philip G Graham
 

One additional item of interest is the display of builder's numbers on O&K diesel locomotives. From the earliest production dating from the "Montania" factory, the unit's serial number was by itself on a largish oblong plate in relief bolted to the outside of the back sheet of the driver's cabin, or where a short hood was incorporated on the outer end of that. This was a tradition that was continued right up to the end of production in 1981.

Tempting targets for souvenir hunters, it is noted that unfortunately the SMR #32 is missing its outside serial number plate, probably long gone before reaching these shores. Luckily there is a comprehensive manufacturer's data plate affixed to the side of the control desk inside the driver's cabin with all the relevant information.

-PGG-

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