I travelled on that tour, and I do think the cowcatcher was especially requested. I think on each of my few visits to Mudgee loco there was maybe one engine fitted with a CC. 3081 may have been a ring-in, having travelled across from Dubbo or Narrabri-Werris Creek. There were two unfenced lines north of Mudgee, Coolah and Gwabegar that may have required a CC. although there are no notes about CC in the Working Timetable for that era. 32 class were also allowed on both lines and I did not ever see a 32 class fitted with a CC. So I think you may be correct a6et, maybe the times I saw the CC fitted engine was a fluke?Neil, IIRC in one of the Byways books that dealt with the Narrabri & Moree depots, there are quite a few photo's showing CC's on engines out there, likewise many of the 30T's had a lovely variety of tenders as well, from what I have gleaned CC's were quite common on 32's on the BH line, as mentioned also the cross country lines had long distances of unfenced lines and they could have been common there, but it seems to also have been for the lighter type loco's up to the 32's, don't know for sure but I doubt that any of the SGoods engine would have had them even on those lines.
On reflection I think the CC were not a popular addition to locos, probably for safety reasons that you mention. NSWGR did have those two metal bars that came down close to the track in front of the leading wheels, many railways that had CC did not have these. As an aside I missed getting a shot of the last train to run down the street of Millmerran Qld when the CC of the engine struck level crossing timbers and required the attention of fitters from Toowoomba before it could proceed.From what I remember of the steam CC's they seemed to stick out slightly past the buffers, giving little space when needing to couple up hook to hook. My memories of being shown how to couple up to Pax carriages with hooks that were not terminal cars, meaning they had the short walkway section on the end with a hooked tender was a very unpleasant experience, & no better with the carriage having an auto with D link.
Fast forward to 12'45".I was sure I had seen 3001 with a cowcatcher before and went back to look at the following film:Regarding cowcatchers on Mudgee 30ts. I quickly checked my note book and found that 3081T fitted with a cowcatcher ran the Mudgee connection off The Rattler (Central West Express for younger viewers) on 10-9-1965. Somewhere I have a picture of it climbing up to Marrangaroo.Neil
Neill (who is very glad he carried a note book back then)
Had my keyboard die on me, so had to replace with temporary one, until replacement of the other one arrives, so unable to reply to you sooner.
After my post. I had an inkling that one 30Ts did have a cow catcher later in life, I was unsure of its number but I saw photo's of the engine with the CC when it was working a tour train at the time in one of my book collection. Some of the tours had engines specially done up for them
The allocation of 30t's for Mudgee services from what I saw were 01, 11, 75, 90, there was one other so will track it down.
This is "Doubleheaders". 3001 features in this film on a special in February 1965 with 3387, and with cowcatcher fitted.