Class M6

HENSCHEL THYSSEN (Kassel W.Germany). 1650hp. Imported to Sri Lanka in 1979. Still in operation. Gained huge success in upcountry line, since it has flexi-float bogies and Dynamic brakes (dynamic brakes only apply below 20kmph). Loco number 793 and 798 engines were destroyed by LTTE terrorists. A M6 met the famous Watawala landslip incident. HESCHEL THYSSEN company was bought by ADtrainz and again it was sold to Bombardier Transportation Company in 2001. M6’s power generator was built by GM EMD (General Motors Electro Motive Division, later Electro Motive Diesel)

  • Builder : Henschel-Thyssen Germany
  • Weight : 87 tons
  • Power : 1650hp GENERAL MOTORS V12 12-645E (2 stroke)
  • Axle Arrangement : A1A-A1A
  • Bogies : HENSCHEL Flexifloat
  • Maximum Speed : 90kmph
  • Total number of locomotives = 16
  • Livery : Green, Brown and Yellow strip
    • ICE livery on 785,788,797 (Orange and Red)
    • 792 also was in ICE livery, now standard livery
Class M6 788
M6 # 788 in ICE livery
Pic taken at Nawalapitiya Station
Loco No Serial No. Remarks
783 32337 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  
784 32338 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  
785 32339 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  
786 32340 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW) Yangalmodera accident 27th April 2005
787 32341 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  
788 32342 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  Rambukkana, Kiriwallapitiya down Kandy ICE derailment
789 32343 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  
790 32344 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  Involved M6 in Watawala Earth Slip Incident on 3rd June 1992
791 32345 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  
792 32346 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  
793 32347 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  Destroyed by Bomb Explosion on 15th March 1986
794 32348 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  
795 32349 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  
796 32350 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  
797 32351 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW)  
798 32352 09/79 – 01/80 (G22CW) Destroyed by Bomb Explosion on 4th Dec 1996
Class M6 786 with Udarata Menike
Image courtesy Mr. Gehan Chandika
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