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Tasmanian V Class "Drewry Shunter"

Tasmanian V Class "Drewry Shunter"

The Tasmanian V Class, New Zealand Ds Class, and British Class 04 locomotives were built by Drewry Car Co as industrial shunting locomotives. These locomotives were shipped all over the world for Standard and Cape Gauges, with a range of customisations.

Australia - Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government Railways V class were the first diesel locomotives operated by the TGR, with 12 imported or built locally at Launceston from 1948-1968. Another two were imported for the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company totalling 14 locomotives operating in the state.

In service in Launceston, Hobart, Deloraine, and Smithton, along with private industry at Mt Lyell, they served until the 1980s. Since then they have been popular for Heritage Railways around the country.

10 of these have survived into preservation, currently at:

  • West Coast Wilderness Railway TAS (3)
  • Don River Railway TAS (1)
  • Derwent Valley Railway TAS (1)
  • Bellarine Peninsula Railway VIC (2)
  • Puffing Billy Railway VIC (1)
  • Hotham Valley Railway WA (2)

Now used in-service at Heritage Railways across Tasmania and Mainland Australia, these Australian locomotives have survived the test of time in harsh conditions.

The MTS Model

We have designed this locomotive to reflect the range of locomotives seen internationally. Three versions are available to suit your needs:

  • 5" gauge outside frame with connecting rods, (Tasmania and New Zealand)
  • 7.25" gauge inside frame with connecting rods, (UK)
  • and Gauge Convertible outside frame chain drive for 5" and 7.25".

Best suited for heavy haulage at home or club operations, the standard 1kW version will haul four carriages on most tracks.

Features include:

  • Diesel Sound System
  • Strong horns
  • Powerful headlight suitable for night-running
  • Key operated disable switch
  • 'Break away' disable feature
  • Improved Hand Held tether control or control panel.
  • MTS MU (Multiple Unit) Control System. This enables two or more engines to be coupled together and driven by the one driver. Power and control jumper cables link the locos together. Compatible with all MTS MU engines.
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