Arguably the most successful type of locomotive to represent the NSW Railways, 3265 was designed by Locomotive Superintendent of NSW Railways, William Thow and built by Beyer-Peacock of Manchester in 1901. It is a classic “English express” P class locomotive, and the only surviving member of its class with an original low frame.

Its most famous duty was during the 1930s when, in its splendid maroon and black livery and proudly displaying its Hunter number plates, 3265 hauled the Newcastle Express out of Sydney.

In 1968, after many years of branch line working travelling almost 3 million kilometres across the state’s rail network, 3265 was retired and set aside for preservation for the Museum of Applied Science and Arts (MAAS).

The restoration of 3265 project began in 1998 in the workshop of 3801 Limited at Eveleigh by the award-winning volunteer team responsible for the restoration of locomotive 3830 between 1992 and 1997. Where possible, restoration work has been done in keeping with the original specifications and workshop procedures, such as reconstructing the body of the coal and water tender to the original design employing hot riveted construction.

Completion of this ambitious project was made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Office of Rail Heritage, RailCorp, as part of their sustainable Rail Heritage Management Strategy announced in 2006. It was also assisted by the cash donations of many loyal members of the public keen to see another P class engine in steam again and by the generosity of engineering contractors who supplied many services at or below cost.

In 2009, 3265 was relaunched into operating preservation and has travelled far and wide with many heritage operators. Recently 3265 underwent a three-year mechanical overhaul completed by Transport Heritage (THNSW) and Museum of Applied Science and Arts (MAAS).

Information compiled by Transport Heritage NSW.

3265 Quick Facts

Power Steam
Builder Beyer- Peacock of Manchester
Build date 1901
First run 1902
Last run 1968
Class P Class
Number in class 191
Steamfest 2-Day Event , Maitland, Hunter Valley 2011
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