As the well patronised bus bounced over the road level crossing at Kensington Station I spied something that caused me to hop off the bus for to investigate and catch the next bus ten minutes later.
I've not seen these engines in these colours before, although the shape of them is very familiar. I don't know a lot about trains, so research was required. My eyes glazed over as I read the history of Southern Shorthaul Railroad so I won't bore you with that. Odd that they use the American term railroad and not our own term railway, but we have nothing to protect our language nor the imperialisation of our superior metric system.
Briefly though, the engines are diesel electric S Class (diesel engines power generators which then power the electric motors), built for Victorian Railways around 1960 at Clyde Engineering in Granville, New South Wales and mostly used for pulling passenger trains in their early days. Nowadays they are used for freight. In service for sixty years. Impressive and the first was built the year I was born. They have no doubt been overhauled many times. Though badly needed, I haven't been.
One is named Jenny Molloy and I can't find out who she was. The other is Victorian pioneer settler Edward Henty. I believe the yellow and black is the newest livery.
This Wikipedia photo taken by Marcus Wong is as I remember them being, although often quite grubby but always proudly displaying VR for Victorian Railways.