New South Wales C34 class locomotive

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New South Wales C34 class
NSWGR Class C34 Locomotive.jpg
Class C34 Locomotive
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderEveleigh Railway Workshops
Build date1909–1910
Total produced5
Specifications
Configuration:
 • Whyte4-6-0
 • UIC2'Ch
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia.5 ft 9 in (1.753 m)
Adhesive weight110,000 lb (50 t)
Loco weight148,000 lb (67 t)
Fuel typeCoal
Firebox:
 • Firegrate area
27 sq ft (2.5 m2)
Boiler pressure180 psi (1.24 MPa)
Heating surface1,625 sq ft (151.0 m2)
Superheater:
 • Heating area435 sq ft (40.4 m2)
CylindersTwo, outside
Cylinder size21.5 in × 26 in (546 mm × 660 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort26,650 lbf (118.5 kN)
Factor of adh.4.13
Career
OperatorsNew South Wales Government Railways
ClassN928, C34 from 1924
Numbers3401-3405 from 1924
DispositionAll scrapped

The C34 class was a class of steam locomotives built by Eveleigh Railway Workshops for the New South Wales Government Railways of Australia.

Design and construction[edit]

These five locomotives were an unsuccessful attempt at producing a larger, more powerful and faster version of the P6 class (C32 class) locomotives. Built by the New South Wales Government Railways' Eveleigh Railway Workshops, they entered service between December 1909 and April 1910.

In service[edit]

They were rostered to haul express trains between Sydney and Junee, replacing their smaller cousins.[1]

In about 1912 three of the class were transferred to Junee Locomotive Depot to work the section of the Main South line from there to Albury where they turned in a reasonable performance over this easy section. The other two were sent to Armidale for working the Brisbane Mail from Werris Creek to Wallangarra, however this move proved unsuccessful and they too were sent to Junee.[1]

Some mechanical improvements were made in 1919 and they continued working south of Junee until the new 36 class locomotives began to work these trains from Sydney through to Albury from 1928. They were then transferred to Taree to work on the North Coast line. Their rough riding characteristics made them unsuitable on the almost continuously curved route and they returned to Junee in 1935 where they were assigned to assisting expresses to Wagga Wagga and working the South West Mail from Junee to Hay.[1]

Withdrawal[edit]

They were withdrawn from October 1950 as their boilers became due for replacement. The last withdrawn was 3402 in August 1957, although it was not scrapped until 1962 after some unsuccessful attempts to preserve it.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Grunbach, Alex (1989). A Compendium of New South Wales Steam Locomotives. Sydney: Australian Railway Historical Society, NSW Division. pp. 148–150. ISBN 0 909650 27 6.
  2. ^ Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850's - 1980's. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. p. 42. ISBN 0 730100 05 7.