New South Wales C30T class locomotive

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New South Wales C30T class
NSWGR Class C30T Locomotive.jpg
Class C30T Locomotive
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Beyer, Peacock & Co.
Eveleigh Railway Workshops
Build date 1903 – 1917
Rebuilder Clyde Engineering (10)
Eveleigh Railway Workshops (67)
Rebuild date 1928 – 1933
Number rebuilt 77
Specifications
Configuration:
 • Whyte 4-6-0
 • UIC 2'Ch
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia. 4 ft 7 in (1.397 m)
Adhesive weight 88,000 lb (40 t)
Loco weight 121,000 lb (55 t)
Fuel type Coal
Firebox:
 • Firegrate area
24 sq ft (2.2 m2)
Boiler pressure 160 psi (1.10 MPa)
Heating surface 1,110 sq ft (103 m2)
Superheater:
 • Heating area 280 sq ft (26 m2)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 19 in × 24 in (483 mm × 610 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 21,424 lbf (95.3 kN)
Factor of adh. 4.11
Career
Operators New South Wales Government Railways
Class C30T
Retired December 1958 – August 1972
Disposition 7 preserved, 70 scrapped

The C30T class was a class of steam locomotives rebuilt from 30 class tank engines by Clyde Engineering and Eveleigh Railway Workshops for the New South Wales Government Railways of Australia.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

Following the electrification of the Sydney inner suburban lines from 1926, 77 of the 30 class 4-6-4 tank locomotives were converted to tender type. This was achieved by cutting off the frames at the rear of the cab and removing the side tanks. There was no need to build tenders as there were a number on hand from scrapped locomotives or from locomotives where the original tenders had been replaced, notably 32 and 50 class locomotives.[4]

The first locomotive to be converted was 3088 which was delivered by Clyde Engineering on 22 August 1928. This company delivered a total of 10 conversions, the remainder being carried out at the New South Wales Government Railways' Eveleigh Railway Workshops. All were completed by July 1933.[2] On conversion, the suffix 'T' was added to their numbers, on official correspondence only. The numbers were not altered on the locomotives.

Between September 1940 to April 1957 28 were fitted with superheaters.[5] This work included fitting new cylinders with piston valves and extended smokeboxes. Most of the 28 superheated C30Ts received riveted on 'drumhead' extensions to their smokeboxes. Some were given entirely new extended smokeboxes fully supported by the frames, giving these few a more modern, purposeful look. Superheated locomotives had the further suffix 'S' to their numbers, on official correspondence only.

In their heyday, they could be found working almost every light branch line in New South Wales. Even in the very last years of steam power, they could still be found well spread over the state in such places as Temora, Griffith, Cowra, Dubbo and Narrabri West.[2]

The first was withdrawn in December 1958 (3126T)[5] with the last (3090TS) withdrawn in August 1972.[2][5]

Preservation[edit]

Preserved C30T Class Locomotives
No. Description Manufacturer Year Organisation Location Status Ref
3001TS 4-6-0 Mixed traffic Beyer, Peacock and Company 1903 NSW Rail Transport Museum Thirlmere static exhibit NSW Locomotive, Steam 3001
3016TS 4-6-0 Mixed traffic Beyer, Peacock and Company 1903 Canberra Railway Museum Canberra in use 3016 Blog Page
3026T 4-6-0 Mixed traffic Beyer, Peacock and Company 1903 Lachlan Valley Railway stored
3028T 4-6-0 Mixed traffic Beyer, Peacock and Company 1904 Dorrigo Steam Railway and Museum Dorrigo Stored [6]
3075TS 4-6-0 Mixed traffic Eveleigh Railway Workshops 1912 Parkes Apex Club Kelly Reserve Parkes static exhibit [7]
3090TS 4-6-0 Mixed traffic Eveleigh Railway Workshops 1912 Dorrigo Steam Railway and Museum Dorrigo stored [8]
3102T 4-6-0 Mixed traffic Beyer, Peacock and Company 1912 Canberra Railway Museum Canberra stored 3102 Blog Page

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Preston, Ron G (1984). Tender into Tank. Sydney: New South Wales Rail Transport Museum. pp. 11–57. ISBN 0 909862 18 4. 
  2. ^ a b c d Grunbach, Alex (1989). A Compendium of New South Wales Steam Locomotives. Sydney: Australian Railway Historical Society, NSW Division. pp. 41–45. ISBN 0 909650 27 6. 
  3. ^ New South Wales Railways 1855-1955. Published by Department of Railways
  4. ^ Grunbach, Alex (1989). A Compendium of New South Wales Steam Locomotives. Sydney: Australian Railway Historical Society, NSW Division. pp. 196–200. ISBN 0 909650 27 6. 
  5. ^ a b c Steam Locomotive Data, John Forsyth, NSWPTC 1970, 1974
  6. ^ Saturated 3028T australiansteam.com
  7. ^ 3075 australiansteam.com
  8. ^ 3090T australiansteam.com