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Class M1

The Class M1 locomotives were built in Loughborough, UK by Brush Bagnall Traction LTD between 1952 – 1955. 

 

Sri Lanka Railways (CGR) had 25 locomotives in their Class M1 fleet. Class M1 locomotives were introduced in 1953 ( B.D Rampala’s Era). Class M1 locomotives served Sri Lanka Railways for about 31 years. The lack of spare parts, high maintenance costs, and insufficient traction made Sri Lanka Railways to take Class M1 locomotive fleet out of the service. 

Sri Lanka Railways restored Class M1 560 to display for public audience including railway enthusiasts all around the world. You can see Class M1 560 at Railway Museum, Kadugannawa Railway Station.

General Information

Engine ClassM1
Built CountryGreat Britain
BuilderBrush Bagnall Traction
Built Date1952
Power TypeDiesel-electric
Engine TypeMirlees JS12VT
Power Output1,000 hp (746 kW)
Maximum Speed88 Kmph
Axel ArrangementA1A-A1A
Weight88 Tons
LiveryReddish Brown
Total Produced25

Images

Class M1 540 being layed down to its wheels/bogies at the Colombo Harbour
Class M1 540 being layed down to its wheels/bogies at the Colombo Harbour
Class M1 with the Royal Train at Kalawewa
Class M1 with the Royal Train at Kalawewa
M1 552 at Maradana with a Ballast train 1978. (T.Rower Collection)
M1 552 at Maradana with a Ballast train 1978. (T.Rower Collection)
M1 (number unknown) hauling the Royal Train back in the '90s at Maho. The photograph was published on a newspaper by Nalin Abeysinghe (Station Master) and the credit goes to the Original Photographer (Unknown)
M1 (number unknown) hauling the Royal Train back in the ’90s at Maho. The photograph was published on a newspaper by Nalin Abeysinghe (Station Master) and the credit goes to the Original Photographer (Unknown)
Class M1 559
Class M1 559
Class M1 560 at Chavakacheri
Class M1 560 at Chavakacheri
Paper article about Class M1
Paper article about Class M1

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