These diesel-hydraulic locomotives where purchased by QR to perform shunting duties, but by the mid nineties consists were becoming too large for these shunters. DH38 is a very useful locomotive on the Rosewood Railway, and often features in the “Diesel Driver for a Day”.
DH 38 spent the majority of its working life in the Northern part of the state especially around the Mackay area. Following a major failure – notably a large hole blown in the engine block following a crankcase explosion – the locomotive was withdrawn on 5 July 1991.
After purchase by the ARHSQ, DH38 underwent a major restoration involving rebuilding the engine and electrical system as well as having all axles and wheels replaced due to cracks.
Year : 1969
Manufacturer : Walkers
Engine : Caterpillar D343E
Arrangement : B-B
Power (Engine) : 465hp/347kW