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Pedro, If I were starting on a NSW loco for the first time then it would be a 36class. These were 4-6-0's and came in two versions with a round top firebox or in rebuilt form with a Belpaire firebox. The 30class can be a tricky little model but i know that a person with modelling skills would have minimal difficulties. All the picture bar one are Footplate Model Kits custom made for Footplate by DJH but unfotunately only available from Footplate. here's the web address for the only supplier of Footplate Models http://www.arkits.com/


This a Round top C36class. Kind of reminds me of a B1.


C30class tank. This is Classic Brass model about 30yrs old.


This is a C30T. lovely little loco made from scrapped 30class tanks. Used on many brachlines.


this is a C32class. One of these hauled the last steam passenger train in NSW in 1970, Singleton to Newcastle.


This is a Z20class suburban tank. Forerunner of the 30class. Most were gone by the early sixties.


another pic of the C30T.


This a D55lclass with southern valve gear. This little 2-8-0's were found everywhere hauling every frieght you cold think of but mainly coal.


This is D50 class 2-8-0. These again were the mainstay of the NSW frieght fleet. They came in saturated or superheated versions. The middle pair of driving wheels were blind.


D57 class heavy mountain. These 4-8-2's were built to haul frieghtr on the lines south of Sydney and over the Blue mountains from Lithgow. These were 3cly machines with Gresely conjugated valve gear mounted on the front footplate. Mine worked.


These are non air, no brakes, hoppers. They were used for coal hauling in the Hunter Valley coalfields, my home area. They ran on wooden frames and the hopper was lifted from the frame by crane for dumping into the holds of ships.


A typical brake van for the coal fields trains.

Well i hope this will whet your appetite. Unfortunately I have just sold nearly all of these models but I still have plenty of books so if you would like a book list i can compile one after xmas as my aussie books are all down south.

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Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia

QUOTE (pedromorgan @ 14 Dec 2008, 23:45) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Just out of curiosity, which australian loco's do you think would be a suitable subject for a new kit? if its broad gauge it would have 16.5mm and 18mm frame spacers. if its narrow gauge it would have 12mm spacers.

loco's with lots of castings are a no-go and box pop wheels are virtually impossible to source.

I have wanted to do some colonial stuff for some time and i have an idea about doing a C30T or a C32 but knowing next to nothing about australian railways i would love to hear your opinions.

I have been going through the industry magazines fron the first half of this century and i am amazed at the number of drawings i have come across and completly stunned at their quality. (if i was a manufacturer i would not be publishing almost complete blueprints of my latest loco!! but they wanted the export orders so it was a way of getting a free advert.)

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Peter, The reality out here for steam models is that they are quite cheap when all things are considered. With a British model you have one scale with 3 guages! so you have to source your own wheels, motor and gearbox. With our models you have one scale with one gauge. With a Footplate kit it comes supplied with wheels, motor and gearbox. Wheels are usually Romford/Markits in RP25 profile, motor/gearbox is usually a Northwest Shortline gearbox with Mashima motor. Boilers are usually whitemetal and everything else is an etching with post wax brass castings. Assembly follows standard DJH style assembly you know slot and tab style. In short everything is supplied with the kit except paint and cab side numbers. A far cry from a british model.

The covers on the C30T were there to protect the slidebars and piston rods from the raveges of errant fauna, Kangaroos can do a bit damage at speed.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia

QUOTE (pedromorgan @ 15 Dec 2008, 09:41) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Ozzie thankyou very much for your reply. it dosent have to be an NSW loco. as long as its pretty i am not very fussy. if it was one of the loco's made by a brittish manufacturer than drawings might be easier for me. This would only be my 4th loco kit and at the moment i dont feel my loco design skills are suffeciently advanced to do a taper boiler. as soon as i can do a taper firebox there are a couple of loco's i wold love to do but for now they have to wait (a CZECH 475 being the biggie!).

I like the footplate/DJH kits but as with most of the DJH continental kits they are rather expensive for me and i am getting better at drawing etches! i am rather taken with your C30T. what is the cover over the slidebars?

Peter

P.S. your D57 - WOW!
 

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Yes it's SMR 10 class, built by Beyer Peacock. I think 18nwere imported and all survive. I was a member of Richmond Vale Preservation Group for a few years and we had two 10 class running. Prior to that when they were still in service on the SMR I used to see them running on the dual track main between East Greta exchange sidings and Pelton Colliery near Bellbird. Best spot was down the line near Neath watching a double header pounding up Caladonia Bank. I'm not to sure if any are still running at Ritchie as I haven't been there in 10yrs. A model used to be available under the LMR banner but having looked their I see it's no longer listed. A pity as it was an excellent model. I do have few pictures of the 10 class that I'll post when time permits.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia

QUOTE (6991 @ 17 Dec 2008, 19:56) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yep, I reckon they're the ones Ravenser - must be pictures somewhere.
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Well that wasn't me as I was abit trimer back then. I have done plenty of track laying from Ritchie out the highway where we had to stop, then from Ritchie out to Pelaw Main about 2.5miles. It was fun drilling and spikeing all those sleepers. It is a shame that the plans we had in the eighties came to naught, relaying the track across the highway to the brickworks and from there to Sugarloaf and then on to Hexam, or there was the connection from Pelaw Main to Sugarloaf, then there was the old link to the SMR at Weston. All these plans came to naught for one reason or another. I became somewhat dissallusioned with it all then I suffered a serious injury while at work and was unable to pay my dues so I never got the urge to go back.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia

QUOTE (Ravenser @ 18 Dec 2008, 20:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I remember in the 80s the ABC used to have a continuity/filler film clip of a 10 class plodding past a trackworker with a very large beergut slowly drilling a hole in a sleeper with a big handbrace
 

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I always felt like they restored the wrong locos back then. As RichmondVale was J.A.Brown colliery that the 10 class didn't really run on till much later in the life of the railway then the Kitsons or the ROD's would have been the better choice as they were a J.A.Brown loco. I suppose it was easier as the 10class was still a runner when I joined. I think from memory there's one 10 class down south, Port Kembla I think. There's one on a plinth at the entrance to Port Waratah Coal services.. There was 3 or 4 at Ritchie, two were running and one had it's boiler removed and one was just a chassis and side tanks. There's 2 or 3 at East Greta and the rest are at Rothbury and one I think at Dorrigo. I'm not sure if the ROD at Ritchie is the one that came from Hexham or the old miners memorial at Freemans Waterhole.
If you do get up to Port Stephens then go for a vist to Rothbury as he has the reguaged VR Hudson there. Not sure what state it is in but I believe it was steamed in Victoria after conversion.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia

QUOTE (6991 @ 19 Dec 2008, 04:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Lads (Ozzie and Ravenser)
Glad my suggestion brought some memories out! Great engines. 10y ago one was stored/housed at Port Kembla yard and fired up every Friday for the Cockatoo Run. I will go over to Richmond Vale in mid-January while we are on a family holiday at Port Stephens, I last went to RV back in 2005 and they were running Sunday trips to Pelaw Main (?) and back - was very nice. Only the frames of a ROD were visible and they had the boiler off somewhere for doing something. Anyway, when I go, I'll take a few piccies and update you on how it's looking and see how the 10s are going.
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