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The 36 class grew out of the successful 35 class, and if anything, was more successful. A total of 75 units were built from 1925-1928, the first 10 at Eveleigh Railway Workshops, and the rest at Clyde Engineering Co. Initially used on express passenger trains but more latterly on goods, they saw service almost to the end of steam. The last unit was withdrawn in 1969 after it and 5 others were upgraded late in their lives, owing to a severe locomotive shortage in the late 60's.
Unfortunately, most of the 36 class had disappeared by the time I came to NSW, so these pages only include photos of 3642, one of the three preserved examples (the others are 3609 and 3616). All of these are at the NSW Rail Transport Museum.
Here are some technical details of the loco:
road number 3642 wheel arrangement 4-6-0 revenue service >2.5Mkm in service Jan 1926 (Clyde Engineering, Newcastle, NSW) rebuilt Dec 1955 cylinders 23" x 26" boiler pressure 200 psi tractive effort 33880 lb driving wheels 69" weight Engine 86t 6cwt Tender 73t 14cwt
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