The Z12 Class of NSW Railways

Built by Beyer Peacock, Manchester, and closely related to the Z13 class.

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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 31 Jan 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : colour print
  • Description : 1210 is surrounded by scores of young admirers as she stands in the standard gauge dock at Spencer Street Station.


1210's Restoration

I remember Peter Reynell in the mid 70s looking wistfully at 1210 on her plinth outside Canberra Railway Station and saying that it would be nice if we could restore her for her centenary (1978). That was not to be, but in 1984 the ARHS ACT Divn did finally secure permission to restore 1201, and this sequence of photos documents the removal process. As the previous image shows, 1210 was in steam in time for Australia's bicentenary.

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  • Date : Sep 1984, catalogued 28 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12935
  • Description : Not shown is the tender removal, but after that hard work, a few of the workers have a bit of a break while the tender is being removed to the rail yard.


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  • Date : Sep 1984, catalogued 28 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12936
  • Description : Sans tender, 1210 poses on her plinth for the last time.


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  • Date : Sep 1984, catalogued 28 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12939
  • Description : Kerry Mellor supervises operations.


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  • Date : Sep 1984, catalogued 28 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12942
  • Description : Slowly, Slowly, 1210 is towed back onto the low loader.


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  • Date : Sep 1984, catalogued 28 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12943
  • Description : The prunus blossom makes a nice backdrop for a ticklish operation.


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  • Date : Sep 1984, catalogued 29 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12944
  • Description : The prunus blossom makes a nice backdrop for a ticklish operation.


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  • Date : Sep 1984, catalogued 29 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12954
  • Description : Safely aboard the low loader, and 1210 does a brief tour of the Kingston streets around Canberra Station ...


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  • Date : Sep 1984, catalogued 29 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12958
  • Description : ... to the Kingston railway yards ...


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  • Date : Sep 1984, catalogued 29 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12960
  • Description : ... and the goods crane, where she is united with the Australian standard gauge rail network after a break of 22 years.


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  • Date : 1988, catalogued 26 Sep 2004
  • Photographer : Terry Bingham
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : 1210 returning to Queanbeyan after running a trip to Farrer on the occasion of the bicentenary in 1988.


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  • Date : 1988, catalogued 26 Sep 2004
  • Photographer : Terry Bingham
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : 1210 returning to Queanbeyan after running a trip to Farrer on the occasion of the bicentenary in 1988.


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  • Date : 1988, catalogued 26 Sep 2004
  • Photographer : Terry Bingham
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : 1210 at Queanbeyan with cylinder cocks open, just about manages to obscure her young steam relative 5910.


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  • Date : 1960s, catalogued 1998
  • Photographer : David Dawe
  • Medium : personal photo lent by David Dawe, scanned with permission
  • Description : 1210 at Strathfield in the 1960s


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  • Date : 15 Oct 1988, catalogued 25 Feb 2001
  • Photographer : Terry Case
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Terry writes:
    Here is a photo closer to my home (Benalla). The attachment is of 1210 and 3112 heading through Glenrowan for Melbourne on 15/10/88 as part of the Aus Steam celebrations.


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  • Date : c1979, catalogued 15 Jan 2005
  • Photographer : Brett Fitzpatrick
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : 1243 blows down at Thirlmere circa 1979.


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  • Date : 1957 (?), catalogued 27 Sep 2005
  • Photographer : Phil Sullivan
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Phil writes:
    Z1243 taken on the occasion of the NSWGR's "Last Steam Train to Gosford. I cannot remember the year, but I left Australia for the UK in 1960. My guess is that it must have been earlier than 1959.


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  • Date : Nov 1974, catalogued 19 Oct 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 4793
  • Description : I was always very taken with the long viaduct and bridge over the Murrumbidge at Gundagai, so when I got to travel by steam on the vintage train to Tumut, I made sure to get this picture. Alas, the line is now closed.


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  • Date : c1980, catalogued 15 Jan 2005
  • Photographer : Brett Fitzpatrick
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : During the 1980 celebrations of the 125th anniversay of the NSWR, 3214 prepared to haul a train out of Sydney Terminal as 1243 and 3820 sit ready on the adjacent platform. 3820 was not in steam, having been unserviceable since 1975.


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