The 422 class, purchased by QR National/Interail from Northern Rivers Railroad, were originally built in 1969 for SRA (and then Freightcorp) by Clyde Engineering at Granville. The locos are of a full body dual cab design and have use the EMD16-645E power plant (which effectively makes them an updated version of the 421s). The 422s have operated across Australia after a number were purchased by Australian Southern Railroad (ASR) in the period 2000-2005. Refurbished and renumbered to the 22 class, most notably were 2201-2204 which were used on the construction of the Alice Springs to Darwin line. In 2006, QRNational owns 18 members of the class, including 42202 and 42206 (ex-Interail); along with the 16 members of the 22 class (some renumbered, some are not).
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The 421s were initially employed on various duties in NSW including RIC Works trains, Soybean and Flyash trains and also the Ritz Rail. However with the collapse of Ritz Rail and the Murwillumbah branch closing, the 421s have found themselves back in the Hunter Valley working Coal Trains out of Newstan and Duralie. Along with providing assistance on QRNational’s MB/BM7 trains. It seems these old workhorses have a few years left in them. Fortunately the livery the locos wear will be retained (the NRR livery is one of the most popular in Australia).
The Interail 421s are based out of Casino, NSW.