C32 Class 4-6-0 Ten Wheelers

Widely known as the "P" class (due to their classification in the pre-1924 system) by enginemen and railfan alike, the 32 class were highly regarded locomotives. Designed by William Thow, the class were used on lighter express passenger trains right up until the end of steam hauled passenger services. Indeed, 3246 was still running the Singleton-Newcastle service in 1971. (Thanks to Darren Yates for this this snippet.)

3203

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  • Date : Jul 1978, catalogued
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : colour print, copied from slide, slide number 7206
  • Description : 3203 sets back onto its train at Goulburn, prior to hauling the last passenger train to Crookwell, an ARHS (ACT) special. Goulburn once was a major railway town and junction, but now sees only a fraction of that railway activity. Like many other such towns around Australia, the advent of diesel locomotion and branch line rationalization has decimated the railway town.


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  • Date : 1979 (?), catalogued 24 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : 3203 on trestle (1), slide number
  • Description : 3203 on its way to Crookwell with a special train crosses a picturesque trestle bridge. (rescanned from original slide.)


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 14 Apr 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Fujichrome, slide number 1784
  • Description : 3203 crosses the Minnamurra Creek bridge, on route to Nowra


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 7 Feb 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : On a miserable wet Saturday morning, 3203 gets "the stick" to depart Wollongong for Bomaderry (Nowra) on the Illawarra line. This version scanned from a print of the slide original.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 7 Mar 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : The weather hasn't improved, but 3203 makes a fine display crossing Broughton Creek, just north of the Shoalhaven River, on its way to Nowra on the same trip as 3203-4 .


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 21 Feb 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : PCD-01/024
  • Description : A relic of a bygone era. The delicately monogrammed sandbox on 3203's finely restored paintwork.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 21 Feb 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodak Photo CD, slide number 1758
  • Description : Near Piper's Flat (on the Mudgee line, 3203 has some typical scrubby Australian bush as background.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 21 Feb 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodak Photo CD, slide number 1759
  • Description : 3203 on the Mudgee line.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 21 Feb 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : PCD-01/027
  • Description : 3203 near Wallerawang.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 21 Feb 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : PCD-01/028
  • Description : 3203 climbing the Blue Mountains, near Mt Victoria.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 21 Feb 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : PCD-01/029
  • Description : 3203 on the Mudgee line under a typically western clear blue sky.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 21 Feb 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : PCD-01/030
  • Description : Just south of Helensburgh, 3203 generates a classic smoke display on a drizzly Saturday morning.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 21 Feb 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : PCD-01/031
  • Description : On a grey day, and with grey handlebar whiskers showing her (?) age, 3203 returns from Nowra with a bedraggled group of railfans, most of whom had the sense to stay on board. Those who didn't, snapped this evocative scene.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : personal photograph (aka PCD-01/032)], [3203 at Kiama Tunnel], [3203 bursts from the Kiama tunnel.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : PCD-01/048
  • Description : 3203 is framed by signal gantries and overhead wiring as she leaves Central Station and its famous clock tower with an enthusiast special


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  • Date : Jul 1978, catalogued 24 Feb 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 7207
  • Description : More framing, this time by a classic signal box and gantry, and also silhouetted against a bright winter's sun; 3203 prepares to run around her train at Goulburn.


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  • Date : [Jul 1977], catalogued [08 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 7213
  • Description : 3203 heads north out of Goulburn on the Crookwell line, seen here crossing the Wollondilly River.


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  • Date : Jul 1977, catalogued 08 Nov 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 7214
  • Description : 3203 heads north out of Goulburn on the Crookwell line, seen here crossing the Wollondilly River. Rescanned 06 Oct 2005.


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  • Date : [Jul 1977], catalogued [08 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 7219
  • Description : 3203 on the Crookwell branch, near The Forest


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  • Date : [Jul 1977], catalogued [08 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 7220
  • Description : 3203 on the Crookwell branch, near The Forest


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  • Date : [Jul 1977], catalogued [08 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 7227
  • Description : 3203 on the Crookwell branch, near Woodhouselee


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  • Date : [Jul 1977], catalogued [21 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 7241
  • Description : 3203's big end. Taken at Crookwell.


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  • Date : [Jul 1977], catalogued [21 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 7243
  • Description : 3203's connecting and coupling rods. Taken at Crookwell.


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  • Date : [Jul 1977], catalogued [21 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 7247
  • Description : 3203 near McAlister on the Crookwell line.


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  • Date : [Jul 1977], catalogued [21 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 7259
  • Description : 3203 near Findlay's Siding on the Crookwell line.


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  • Date : [Jul 1977], catalogued [21 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 7261
  • Description : 3203 near Findlay's Siding on the Crookwell line.


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  • Date : 1982?, catalogued 30 Nov 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : 3203 waits in the back platform at Goulburn, ready to depart with a special to Crookwell.


3214

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  • Date : 1978, catalogued
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : 3214 shunts her train at Harden.


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  • Date : Mar 1977, catalogued 28 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : 3214 on the skyline, slide number 6382
  • Description : Well, there's no koala in the tree, but gum trees, blue sky, a 32 class: where else but Australia? (Mid-western NSW, near Harden to be more exact.)


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  • Date : [Mar 1977], catalogued [02 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 6386
  • Description : A signal's eye view of Yass Junction Station with 3214 and train standing on the up main.


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  • Date : [Mar 1977], catalogued [02 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 6387
  • Description : 3214 standing on the up main.


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  • Date : [Mar 1977], catalogued [02 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 6388
  • Description : 3214 blasts out of Yass Yard on the up main.


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  • Date : [Mar 1977], catalogued [06 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 6389
  • Description : 3214 blasts along the up main near Yass.


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  • Date : [Mar 1977], catalogued [02 Nov 1998]
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : [Ektachrome], slide number 6389
  • Description : 3214 blasts along the up main near Yass.


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  • Date : 1980, catalogued 22 Aug 2005
  • Photographer : Brett Fitzpatrick
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Brett writes:
    3214 performs for a photostop just north of Tallong during 1980.


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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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