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NSW 85 CLASS
That remarkable class of 145 suburban tank locomotives built from 1903 onwards has been occupying my mind of late. More so, the 77 converted to tender locos for branchline workings, but the whole class is worth considering over a beer or two. I have posted a lot photos of 30s and 30Ts, but there is always room for one more installment.Lets start with the class leader, which is soon to get a new lease on life. Here is the beastie, about to get away from Picton in 1990 working the loopline.
I will try to do this in number order. 3013 is apparently in Canberra, incomplete and in bits. Good luck to whoever has that job. Its life post service hasn't had too many high-points, but it has somehow lasted 50 years. Once the collieries in the Hunter were finished with her, this is what she looked like in 1970.
Another Canberra resident has fared better. 3016T wore a startling blend of royal blue with red tyres which I would show you, but we managed to not photograph clearly. Instead, here it is at Central in December 2012.
Incidentally, no 30Ts were harmed in the taking of that photo. 3016T got pushed by a couple of mainliners.My favourite Easter ever was spent with 3026T at Cowra in 1994. Best. religious. experience. ever. Even got to wish it goodnight and tuck it in to bed on Easter Saturday.
This brings us to Dorrigo, which I will never bash in case Uncle Keith wants to leave me a 30 or a 30T in his will (I will also accept a 24 or 25). He and his compadres have kept 3028T, 3046 and 3090T from the oxy torch. Thank you. First up, 3028T, then the other two.
Still on the 'stuffed and mounted' side of the class, 3075T resides, sans boiler tubes and a few other bits, at Parkes to this day. Always good to give the old girl a pat.
Back to the tanks - 3085 has looked a little forlorn recently but better days are ahead.
We have cracked the century now. Time for the last surviving tender loco. Here's 3102T in a pleasing aqua-marine livery, celebrating 1980.
It is fitting that we finish up with a couple of the original designs. 3112 lurks at Goulburn, and is always a joy to see when passing through. Here it is sneaking down into the near-abandoned Rozelle Goods Yard in June 2002.
Last up, 3137. When nothing else steamy seemed to be moving in NSW, it was plying that loop line like it was 1909, not 1979. A favourite, definitely. Until next time!Don
This article first appeared on nswrailrambler.blogspot.com
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