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Austrains 30 Class Tank Steam Locomotive

DCC Sound Installation with Lighting Modifications

Now available with a NEW​ Remastered Custom Sound Project

including "Full Throttle - Heavy Load" feature

About the NSWGR 30 Class

The NSWGR C30 class is a two-cylinder, simple, non-condensing, saturated, coal-fired 4-6-4 steam locomotive with a total of 145 units built by Beyer, Peacock & Company and Eveleigh Railway Workshops for the New South Wales Government.

The 30 class locomotives were specifically designed to haul Sydney's ever-increasing suburban traffic, particularly over the heavy grades on the Northern, North Shore and Illawarra lines. The first batch of 35 locomotives were built Beyer, Peacock & Company, entering service in 1903/04. Between 1905 and 1917 Beyer, Peacock built a further 60 engines while the New South Wales Government Railways built 50 at their Eveleigh Railway Workshops.

With the electrification of the inner suburban rail lines, it resulted in a surplus of the 30 class, too valuable to scrap. So, between August 1928 and July 1933, 77 of these locomotives were converted to C30T tender 4-6-0 type locomotives by Clyde Engineering and Eveleigh Railway Workshops to replace older locomotives on country branch lines. The remaining tank locomotives were mostly employed on Sydney suburban services as well as branches to Carlingford, Richmond and Camden. They were also used on suburban services in Newcastle and Wollongong. A few drifted to the country areas, working on sections where there were no turntables, while others worked in shunting at yards such as Bathurst. The daily passenger trains on the extremely steep Unanderra to Moss Vale line were operated by 30 class locomotives until February 1967.

The first 30 class locomotive was withdrawn in February 1957 and by July 1965 the fleet was down to just 33 locos.

By mid-1971 it was down to three with the last, 3085, being withdrawn on 22 February 1973 as the second last steam locomotive in service for the NSWGR.

Five of the original 30 class were preserved 3013, 3046, 3085, 3112, 3137 and of the 77 converted to C30T tender locomotives seven were preserved.

About the NSWGR 30T Class

On 22 August 1928 the first C30 locomotive to be delivered as a converted C30T tender 4-6-0 type locomotive was 3088. This was achieved by cutting off the frames at the rear of the cab and removing the side tanks. There was no need to build tenders as there were a number available from scrapped locomotives or from locomotives where the original tenders had already been replaced, notably C32 and D50 class locomotives. A total of 77 locomotives were converted by July 1933.

Between September 1940 to April 1957 a total of 28 were fitted with superheaters. This work included fitting new cylinders with piston valves and a riveted on 'drumhead' extensions to their smoke boxes.

The first C30T to be withdrawn was 3126 in December 1958 with the last 3090 withdrawn in August 1972.

Seven were preserved - 3001, 3016, 3026, 3028, 3075, 3090, 3102. 

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

The Austrains 30 Class Locomotive was released in March 2018 as a DC/DCC Ready model, which includes an 8 pin socket.

Austrains has released two versions of their NSWGR 30 Class Tank Locomotive.

1st release had no headlights or marker lights

2nd release included Front/Rear Headlights, as well as Front/Rear White and Red Marker Lights.

Space is extremely limited inside the model, especially the version with lights, for both a sound decoder and speaker, but yet again we have the DCC Solution to this problem.

And we won’t spoil the look of your Austrains 30 Class Tank Loco with a speaker on the cab roof or on the cab floor, as advised by the manufacturer. Or even going to the extreme of cutting and modifying the cab to fit a sound decoder, as many have done.

At DCC Solutions, we provide professional installations so the appearance of your Austrains 30 Class model won’t be altered when fitting sound by us.


For this installation, we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our remastered Custom Sound Project for the NSW 30 Class or the LokPilot 5 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound.


DCC Solutions offers a light modification for the Austrains 30 class models that include lights

The model doesn't allow the option to separate all the lights due to shared lights from one LED. However, a light modification is available to separate the red marker lights which will allow them to be on at both ends as common practise when shunting around a yard. The headlights and white markers will operate together.

The DCC Solutions NSW 30 Class Custom Sound Project is packed with

sounds and features not found on other sound decoders

and will have your model sounding just like a real steam locomotive

So why not get fully featured sound from DCC Solutions

Our Custom Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:

Cold and Hot Start Up Sequences

Select the Cold Start-Up and you will activate the cold boiler preheat long start to hear the water being pumped into the boiler, the light of a match to start the fire, the sound of the fire crackling, coal shovelling and the sounds of the pressure building up to reach the correct level before commencing to move off. Now that's something you won't hear from other sound decoders!

Select the Hot Start-Up for the hot boiler quick start to skip the preheat assuming the correct boiler pressure is almost reached.

Shut down your 30 Class and the sound just doesn't stop. Steam releases and other sounds will be heard as the locomotive shuts down.

Full Throttle – Heavy Load

This feature allows you to simulate a hard-working loaded train by pressing the F1 function button. When the button is pressed, the motor will remain at a constant speed, while the sound changes into an intense chuff, so this can simulate a hard-working steam locomotive. This exciting, new feature gives the operator the ability to have the train crawling along the track while producing an intense chuff. Release the Drive Hold function button, and you simply go back to throttle-controlled speed, motion and sound. Available only from DCC Solutions, our Drive Hold will stop your loco when you reduce the speed to zero, even while the function is still active. Your ESU factory sound or sound from other providers will not stop your loco at speed step 0 with the drive hold switched on.

Coasting on Demand

This feature allows you to enter coasting mode whenever you want with a press of a button. The loco will enter the coasting mode and remain in coasting until you turn it off, regardless of changes in the speed. Experiment with turning it on and off while the loco is moving at speed to hear the sound changes of a steam locomotive when you want. With this feature, you can have your model sounding like a real steam locomotive.

Working Brake

Press the Brake Function button, and your locomotive will come to a stop at a much shorter distance than if you were to bring it to a stop by reducing the throttle speed. Release the brake and your locomotive will move off again, or choose to have it remain stationary when the brake is released. The brake can also be used while driving to slow the locomotive up.

Brake Squeal on Deceleration

Activate this function and when you reduce the throttle speed, your locomotive will begin braking and slow up quicker as you continue to lower the throttle speed, and you will hear the squeal of the brakes. Accelerating will release the brakes.

Coupling and Release with DCCS Shunting Mode

Activate coupling or release and your locomotive will automatically reduce its speed to allow for a more realistic coupling or release operation. Once the coupling operation is completed, your locomotive will automatically stop while once uncoupled will continue to run at slow speed for a few more seconds before returning to the speed set on your throttle.

Prototypical Headlight Operation

We have also modified the headlight operation to resemble the prototypical operation.

In the past you would have turned off the sound (Pressing F8) and all the sounds including the generator would stop playing, but your headlight would remain on, and you would have to turn it off separately. Well not anymore...

Press the headlight button (F0) to turn on the generator. The headlight won't turn on until enough power has been generated to turn the light on, dimmed. While the generator is on, the headlight stays on. If you press F8 to shut down and turn the loco sound off which will include the generator, then the headlight will also turn off even if you haven't turned the headlight off itself using the headlight button.

Also, added for lighting are:

Automatic High Beam Headlight Function when the locomotive begins to drive. Bring the loco to a stop, and it will return to a dim state.

Low Beam Front Headlight when reversing is also available.

Selectable high to low beam while driving.

Individual control of the front and rear Red Marker Lights, so you operate the red markers at both end at the same time while shunting in a yard.

And includes all these great features to make your Austrains 30 Class drive and sound impressive

  • Recorded sounds from 3016

  • Cold Boiler Start Up Sequence including boiler water fill, fire up sequence, boiler pressure reached before moving off

  • Optional Quick Hot Start Up Sequence — Straight to waiting for boiler pressure to be reach before moving off

  • Full Throttle Heavy Load — Lock the loco speed and control the chuff sound independently to simulate a hard-working loco

  • Driving and Coast on Demand allows you to drive your model like a real steam locomotive

  • Working Brake

  • Brake Squeal on deceleration and turns off on acceleration

  • NSWGR 30 Class Short Blast and Playable Whistle

  • NSWGR 30 Class Compressor

  • Playable Stop Sounds including boiler/steam sounds, safety values, blower and more

  • Random Drive Sounds including track squeal, compressor, injectors, coal shovelling, and more

  • Individual Coupling and Release Options depending on the locomotive's direction with DCCS shunting mode

  • Water Filling Tender sounds

  • Generator Controlled Headlight. The generator sound controls the headlight.

  • Automatic High Beam Headlight Function when the locomotive begins to drive and returning to a dim state at stop

  • Optional low beam headlight when reversing or while driving

  • Guard's Whistle

  • Wheel Squeal and Rail Clanking

  • Shunting mode for slow speed shunting operations

  • Red Marker Light Modification for individual control. (Optional)

  • Can play up to 10 different sounds simultaneously

  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Austrains 30 Class locomotive model

  • Slow Speed Motor settings for improved performance

  • Individual sounds slots and master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements

  • Full 28 function button remapping to suit your personal requirements

  • DCC Solutions High-Performance Speaker delivering impressive sound

  • Sound project also suitable for Bergs and DJH 30 Class Models


Standard DCC Installation: ESU LokPilot 5 Non-sound decoder

Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom NSW 30 Class Sound Project

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: ESU LokSound 5 programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom NSW 30 Class Sound Project with individual DCC control for the headlights with white markers and red markers.

DCC Solutions SOUND and FUNCTION Labels

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification using the ESU LokSound 5

F0    Headlight - FWD-Bright_REV-Off_STOP-Dim

F1    Drive Hold - Heavy Load

F2    Playable Whistle

F3    Low Beam Headlight while driving

F4    Cylinder Steam Release

F5    Coasting On Demand

F6    Brake

F7    Brake Squeal on Deceleration

F8    Boiler Start Up Sound On/Off/Mute

F9    Directional Red Marker Lights

F10  Rear Red Markers

F11  Reserved (Light Mods)

F12  Front Red Markers

F13  Front Headlight - FWD-Bright_REV-Dim_STOP-Dim

F14  Rear Headlight - REV-Bright_FWD-Dim_STOP-Dim

F15  Blower

F16  Compressor

F17  Coupling /Uncoupling + DCCS Shunting Mode

F18  Wheel Squeal

F19  Guard's Whistle

F20  Sanding

F21  Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

F22  Headlight On/Off (No Generator for Silent Running)

F23  Tender Water Fill

F24  Injectors

F25  Safety Valves

F26  Coal Shovelling

F27  Shunting Mode

F28  Rail Clank

Note: The above functions are for the LokSound 5 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Premium Custom Sound Installation with Light Modification.

The functions and sounds will be different from any standard generic ESU Sound Files or other Sound Decoders.

To learn how to use these functions, see the Info & Help page.

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