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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The John Holland 1620s!


As part of their contract to rebuild the south line to Legazpi, John Holland of Australia purchased a few English Electric 1620 class of Queensland Rail in Australia.

During their early days in the country they were joined by Graham Hooper who has kindly sent in some photos taken his brief time there. The one here shows 1621 arriving at Tayuman on the back of a truck prior to first touching foot (wheel?) on PNR metals.

A second shot appears on the now updated John Holland' page of the 'Philippine Railway SIG' website and we hope to include more of Grahm's shots int he future.

So whats the status of the 1620s that called the Philippines home? The following lists their status today.


Unit Model Build# Date Built


1621 RS95C A-139 1.1967
Believed stripped of parts for 1644 and 1653.
1625 RS95C A-147 2.1967
Scrapped by February 2007.
1631 RS95C A-144 5.1967
Scrapped by February 2007.
1636 RS95C A-157 9.1967
Scrapped by February 2007.
1644 RS95C A-180 9.1968
Malaysia (2004), expected to return to Thailand by May 2005. (Dec 2004)
1646 RS95C A-184 11.1968
Scrapped by February 2007.
1648 RS95C A-190 1.1969
Scrapped by February 2007.

1653 RS95C A-199 5.1969
Malaysia (2004), expected to return to Thailand by May 2005. (Dec 2004)

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