Featured Locomotive for February 2011

'Pacific' class locomotive - NSW 38's.

This month we feature another 'Pacific' class locomotive - NSW 38's. Our loco is No. 3805, built Clyde Engineering as Shop No.474. She was the last of the streamlined 38's. The un-streamlined were in numbers a further 25 - often used for goods haulage.

3805 entered service 1944, being condemned in 20.9.1963 after travelling 1,806,669km. She started her career painted black and in 1947 was the first 38 to be painted in green livery: but in the early 1950's all but two of the 38's were again painted black.

The Pacific Locomotive

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The 38's were the only Pacific class in NSW and were highly successful coping with the infamous 'Cowan Bank' and the climb over the Southern Highlands, hauling 450 tonnes up 1:75 grades. They pulled the Melbourne Express unassisted 643km to Albury and were famous on the Short North. 3801 is reputed to hold the speed record of 102mph (150kph). The class is represented by working locos 3801 and 3850, with 3820 at Thirlmere and 3813 in pieces. 3801 travelled to Perth in company with the other Pacific 'Flying Scotsman'.

Main details are

  • Cylinder 21.5 x 26in ( 546x660mm)
  • Steam pressure 245psi (1688kpa)
  • Driving wheels 69in (175.2mm)
  • Superheated
  • Grate area 47 sq ft (4.32 sq m)
  • Heating area 251.6 sq ft (23.14 sq m incl. Tubes)
  • Length overall 76.38 ft (23.28 m)
  • Weight incl. Tender 195.25 tons (19 8303kgs)
  • Coal 14 tons (14 224 kgs)
  • Water 8100 gal (36 450 lt)


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