C30 Class 4-6-4 Hudson Tanks and 4-6-0 Tender Locos

The C30 locos were built to cater for the Sydney suburban network, but were gradually displaced with the advent of electrification in the 1920's. (Date anyone?) Many were converted into 4-6-0 tender locomotives (the C30T Class), but some survived for use as shunters, and on short country branches.

The "T" classification suffix for the tender version is somewhat unfortunate, as it conflicts with usage elsewhere in the world. Road numbers were not changed on conversion.

Terry Bell writes:

Having watched steam locos at Thirroul marshalling yards as a lad I remember the 30 class locos as a tanker being used on the "workers trains " from Pt. Kembla North station to Thirroul till the early 60s, also I could watch them trying to get up out of the Newbolds Bricks siding with waggons of bricks - priming all over the local washing.

A great site - my grandfather Claude Bell was Stationmaster at Helensburgh station in the 50s and I could tell every loco by its exhaust note climbing through through the cutting, my biggest thrill - as a 12 year old hopping a lift on a 30 class while it changed direction at Helensburgh station and trying to pull the throttle lever down!

C30 Class 4-6-4 Hudson Tanks

3046

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  • Date : 16 Sep 1973, catalogued 18 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3364
  • Description : Two tanks that started their days pulling suburban trains around Sydney await their fate.


3137

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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 9 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : 3137 at Enfield, slide number 3358
  • Description : 3137 pauses after watering at Enfield on a special passenger train.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=index 84413 bytes, pixels
  • Date : 1973, catalogued 18 Jul 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 3348
  • Description : 3137 lets off steam after returning her train to Sydney Central.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=index 122222 bytes, pixels
  • Date : 1973, catalogued 08 Oct 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Agfachrome, slide number 3661
  • Description : A fine portrait of the bunker end of 3137.


C30T Class 4-6-0 Tender Locos

3001

3001 has a separate page

3016

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  • Date : 1997, catalogued 4 Mar 1998
  • Photographer : David Dawe
  • Medium : colour print, used with permission
  • Description : 3016 poses for her portrait inCanberra Railway Museum.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=index 90287 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Feb 1980, catalogued 21 Mar 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 8503
  • Description : 3016 is a recent arrival in Canberra, and has had her boiler cladding stripped to assess the state of her boiler. Contrast her state of undress here with the above picture, taken some 17 and a half years later.


3026

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  • Date : Sep 1973, catalogued 21 Mar 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3359
  • Description : Enfield Loco, and 3026 quietly puts on a bit more rust. But she was rescued from the scrapper's torch, and is now with the Cowra Steam Museum.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=index 107168 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 1986, catalogued 22 Oct 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    It's mystery picture time - I have no idea where this was taken other than it's in Queensland somewhere. Taken about 1986.
    Well, I'm pretty sure it's not in Queensland, Stewart, but more likely at Cowra in NSW. See also3026-1. Subsequently, the mystery was resolved, seeCowra-1for the answer.)


3075

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  • Date : Jul 1993, catalogued 20 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18994
  • Description : 3075 preserved at Parkes asThe Spirit of Parkes.


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  • Date : Jul 1993, catalogued 20 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18995
  • Description : 3075 preserved at Parkes asThe Spirit of Parkes. Unfortunately the glass of spirits has been drained ...


3090

  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=index 58722 bytes, 1000x437 pixels
  • Date : early 1970s, catalogued 14 Jul 2001
  • Photographer : David McAlpine
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : 3090 shunting at Port Waratah


3102

This locomotive is owned by the ARHS, ACT Division, and was used extensively on trips by the Division during the late 70s and 80s until boiler problems saw 3016 being used in this role instead. As a "go anywhere" type of locomotive, it could be used to visit all lines, although its limited water capacity meant the addition of a water gin for many trips. Notwithstanding that, we still managed to run out of water on a trip to Bombala!

Your photographer spent many happy hours between the frames of this loco oiling round, not to mention being covered in ash, smoke and grime from raking out the ashpan. This latter task was often undertaken on the road, without an ashpit, due to the shortage of such facilities once revenue steam workings finished in NSW.

You will note the highly polished steam dome as evidence of the attention lavished on "The Mouse", as 3102 is affectionately known.

Bombala Trip of June long weekend, 1981

The first Bombala trip is on a separate page.

"Bombala Revisited" Trip of June long weekend, 1982

The second Bombala trip is on a separate page.

Third Bombala Trip, July 1984

This was the last trip to Bombala by steam, and was made notorious by the fact that the loco ran out of water on the return journey, just south of the Monaro Plains. This had dire consequences for those passengers who had hoped to make connections at Queanbeyan with the Canberra pass., in order to get back to Sydney!

The trip was also very memorable for the author, as he was on footplate duty in the wee hours of the morning, shovelling coal forward in the bitterly cold pre-dawn atmosphere. But the view from the tender looking forward over the cab at the countryside as it was sliced by the beam of the headlamp was absolutely magic, and as haunting a scene as you could ever imagine!

3102 Double Heading

3102 double heading with other locomotives - well, not quite. Also included on this page are photos of 3102 with other locomotives, not necessarily coupled, or even on the same track!

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