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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!
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.
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 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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