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Steam locomotives 3265 and 3526 will return to Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest on April 13 and 14.
Festival attendees will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on the 3265 Branxton journeys, or ride the 3526 to Paterson and the Newcastle Interchange on Saturday 13 April, and Paterson and the Port Waratah Coal Loop on Sunday 14 April. In addition to these journeys, the both locomotives will match up against a Tiger Moth aeroplane in the Great Train Race on Sunday 14 April.
The 3265 was designed by William Thow, Locomotive Superintendent of NSW Railways, and built by Manchester’s Beyer-Peacock in 1901. This locomotive is the only surviving member of its class with an original low frame.
The most famous of the 3265’s duties was hauling the Newcastle Express out of Sydney during the 1930s and after travelling almost three million kilometres across NSW’s rail network, the locomotive was returned in 1968 and set aside for preservation for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
Restoration of the 3265 commenced in 1998 in the workshop of 3801 Limited at Eveleigh and where possible adhered to original specifications and workshop procedures. This includes reconstruction of the body of the coal and water tender to the original design employing hot riveted construction.
The restoration was funded by cash donations from members of the public and sponsorship from the Office of Rail Heritage, RailCorp, from sustainable Rail Heritage Management Strategy funding.
Locomotive 3526 is the only surviving train of the NN Class of 35 which were introduced as express passenger engines in 1914. Designed by NSW Government Railway’s Chief Mechanical Engineer, Edward Lucy, the 3526 was built in 1917. The stylish appearance of the NN Class of 35 was influenced by England’s Great Western Railway designs as Lucy had previously trained and worked for the British company before his time at NSW Government Railway.
The 3526 was rebuilt with new frames and cab in 1940 and withdrawn from revenue service in 1967 after which it retained by the NSW Rail Transport Museum.
In 1975, with the relocation of the then NSW Rail Transport Museum from Enfield to Thirlmere, the 3526 travelled to Thirlmere under its own steam, but didn’t return to steam until its full restoration by NSW Rail Transport Museum staff and volunteers in 2003-04.
You can see these trains in person at Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest on April 13 and 14. Tickets are on sale from 12.00pm Friday 15 February.