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Argyle C38 4-6-2, Streamlined, Green & Black

Argyle C38 4-6-2, Streamlined, Green & Black

New South Wales Government Railways C38 Class 4-6-2


he 38 class design was based on a need
to eliminate the complications of double heading required on a number of fast interstate passenger trains. The conditions of track work with frequent sharp curvature to be traversed at high speed would require six-coupled driving wheels in a ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 configuration. Maintenance considerations suggested a two- cylinder simple steam locomotive. In May 1939 an order for five 38 class locomotives was placed with Clyde Engineering with a distinctive streamlined boiler casing. The remaining 25 locomotives were built without streamlining at the NSWGRs’ Eveleigh and Cardiff Workshops. From 1961 the locomotives were progressively withdrawn from service. Four have survived into preservation being 3801, 3813, 3820

and 3830.

  • Specifications

    • Scale: 1:32
    • Gauge: 45mm
    • Length over buffers: 756mm (29.8 inches) Width: 91mm (3.6 inches)
    • Height: 133mm (5.2 inches)
    • Min Radius: Electric 2m, Steam 3m
    • Valve Gear: Walschaerts, two cylinders, slide valves, cylinder drain cocks
    • Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge
    • Working Pressure: 60psi
    • Axle water pump with bypass valve, Water hand pump with check valve
    • Construction: Copper boiler, Brass boiler jacket, Brass cab, Brass tender, Steel drivers
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