Class M5

Class M5

Lightweight, yet powerful locomotive fleet of Sri Lanka Railways


Class M5 locomotives were imported in 1979 from Japan.

ClassNumberRemarksService Status
M5C767In Service
M5B768In Service
M5A769Out of Service
M5C770At RMLOut of Service
M5C771In Service
M5B772In Service
M5773Met an accident in RambukkanaOut of Service
M5774At RMLOut of Service
M5C775Air brakes addedIn Service
M5C776In Service
M5B777In Service
M5B778In Service
M5C779In Service
M5780Derailed near RambukkanaOut of Service
M5C781In Service
M5C782In Service

General Information

Engine ClassM5
Built CountryJapan
Builder Hitachi
Imported Year 1979
Power TypeDiesel Electric
Engine TypeOriginal: MTU-Ikegai 12V652TD11
M5A: MTU 396TC13
M5B: Paxman Valenta RP200L
M5C: Caterpillar 3516 DITA
Power Output1600 hp – 1220 kW (Original)
1150 hp – 860 kW (M5A)
1500 hp – 860 kW (M5B)
1800hp (M5C)
Maximum Speed97 Km/h
Axel ArrangementBo-Bo
Weight60-70 Tons
LiveryOriginal: Red color with a green stripe
Current: Red color with a yellow stripe
Total Produced16

Special Events/Notes


Original Class M5 locomotive hauling Udarata Menike train / Description by Janaka Wijesinghe / Credits to the photographer
Original Class M5 773 at Bandarawela. Photograph taken by Stephen Owens (Copyright). / Sri Lankan Railway: Fan’s Forum
Class M5A 769 at Mount Lavinia / Pramuditha’s Flickr Album
Class M5A 769 / Pramuditha’s Flickr Album
Class M5 780 derailment near Rambukkana
Paxman Valenta V12 Engnine 778 M5B / Sri Lanka German Railway
Class M5C 779 at Rambukkana / Sri Lanka German Railway
Class M5 770 at Ratmalana / Sri Lanka German Railway

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