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3102T in storage at the Canberra Railway Museum on 29 June 2003.

The boiler clothing has been removed in order to prevent moisture trapped in the insulation causing pitting in the boiler platework.

This view of 3102T highlights the simple & rugged design of these saturated steam locomotives.

3102T was built by Beyer Peacock & Co, Manchester (builder's no. 5797 of 1912) under a repeat order for additional (S)636 class locomotives of 4-6-4T "Baltic" configuration for Sydney suburban passenger duties.  It was originally numbered S 1230 and became 3102 of the (C)30 class at the NSWGR 1924 renumbering.

Following the electrification of the Sydney suburban system, 3102 became one of 77 class members converted from 4-6-4T to 4-6-0 tender configuration for use on country branch lines.  These converted locomotives were known as the (C)30T class to differentiate them from the remaining 68 (C)30 class tank locomotives, the "T" denoting tender locomotive.  The (C)30T class replaced a mixed fleet of older 4-4-0 and 2-6-0 locomotives allocated to country loco depots; indeed many (C)30T's were allocated second-hand bogie Baldwin or 6-wheeled tenders from the obsolete locomotives they were displacing.  The first conversion was 3088 was outshopped in July 1928, and the final conversion was completed in 1933.

While a number of (C)30T locomotives later received superheated boilers and other improvements, 3102T retains the original saturated boiler design.

3102T was saved for preservation by the Canberra branch of the Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS) and based at their Canberra Railway Museum.  During the 1970's and 80's it was maintained in operational status and saw much use on tourist and enthusiast trains in the Canberra region.  On one such tour 3102T paired with the NSWRTM's 3001T to haul the last train on the Crookwell branch line in 1985.  I understand 3102T came to be known as "The Mouse" by the ARHS Canberra members.

3102T was withdrawn from operation by the ARHS Canberra in August 1987 (with 3016T being returned to operation in its place) and has since been stored at the Canberra Railway Museum awaiting overhaul.  Apparently it occasionally donates boiler tubes to operational loco 1210.  Here is a useful link to the 3102 Blog with some background to the required restoration work.


For further information and historical photographs of the (C)30 class locomotives, readers are directed to Ron Preston's excellent book "Standards In Steam - The 30 Class" published by the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum.



A rear view of 3102T in store at Canberra Railway Museum on 29 June 2003.

This view shows some of the modifications made to (C)30T locomotives upon conversion from 4-6-4T configuration;

the locomotive frame has been truncated and a reinforcing valance (seen in red trim) added to the footplate above the driving wheels.



3102T heads a tour along the Crookwell line in June 1979.  This fine view is from the collection of John Hurst & used with permission.



Happier days for 3102T as she heads a tour up the Molongo Gorge in April 1981.  Photo from the collection of John Hurst & used with permission.



A second view of 3102T as it heads through Fyshwick on a trip tough the Molongo Gorge in April 1981.  Photo from the collection of John Hurst & used with permission.

3102T is immaculately presented in lined green livery with polished brass steam dome.  It is paired with a 3650 gallon bogie tender.







"A Compendium of New South Wales Steam Locomotives" compiled by Alex Grunbach, published by the

Australian Railway Historical Society, New South Wales Division, 1989.

b "Standards In Steam - The 30 Class" by Ron Preston, published by the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum, 1985.
c Webmaster's observation or comment




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