Historic Loco 3265 Hunter at Thirlmere

Filed under Heritage & Historical, News, Transport ~ by Throsby on  27 Feb 2019

Five historic locos meet the tracks at Thirlmere this weekend .

Five century-old steam locomotives will be on show at the 30th annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam this weekend which marks the beginning of the 2019 steam season.

Pictured ~ The red steam locomotive 3265 named the ‘Hunter’ at the Newcastle railway station in 1934. Image credit: National Library of Australia

Foremost (in Throsby’s opinion) is the 117 year old “Hunter” 32 Class.

The handsome P(6) class passenger engines were one of Australia’s most successful locomotive types and the backbone of the New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR) passenger fleet for many decades. These fast and versatile engines were designed by Chief Mechanical Engineer William Thow in conjunction with Beyer Peacock & Co,

Locomotive 3265 was one of three NSWGR steamers (1243, 3265 and 3830) retained for preservation by the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, which later became the Powerhouse Museum. They were moved to New South Wales Rail Transport Museum (NSWRTM) for storage following closure & demolition of the Enfield Roundhouses, with 3265 arriving at Thirlmere on 24 June 1975.

The old loco was displayed at the NSWRTM Thirlmere from 1975 in company with other Enfield refugees but was rather rust-streaked and derelict during this phase of its life, having been in stored exposed to the weather for many years.

She moved to the Large Erecting Shop (L.E.S.) in the former NSWGR Eveleigh Workshops in approximately 1988 and a thorough restoration commenced ten years later in 1998. 3265 was stripped down, overhauled and extensively rebuilt including a new riveted tender tank and a new welded boiler.

~ Ed’s Australian Steam

As part of the 30th anniversary celebration, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs. Linda Hurley will be in attendance.

His Excellency will take a steam train ride, travel in the Grand Parade and inspect the Governor-General’s carriage, which carried the Queen and Prince Phillip during their state visit in 1954,” said Transport Heritage NSW CEO, Andrew Moritz.

We’ll have five historic engines in steam throughout the weekend at the NSW Rail Museum, including the recently overhauled, 117-year-old locomotive, 3265.

In addition to steam train rides, visitors can enjoy cab visits, steam machinery, live steam models, spotlight talks and more at the NSW Rail Museum.”

On Sunday, the town will come to life with market stalls, live entertainment, a vintage car show, street parade and amusement rides.

Visitors can enjoy two days of activity:

  • On Saturday, the NSW Rail Museum will be open with steam train rides, driver’s cab visits, a steam and vintage park, mini-train rides and more!
  • On Sunday, it’s double the fun as Thirlmere comes to life with over 180 market stalls, live performances, a vintage car show, street parade and all the activities at the NSW Rail Museum, including steam train rides.

The Thirlmere Festival of Steam will be held on 2nd and 3rd of March 2019. For more information and tickets, head to: www.thirlmerefestivalofsteam.com

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