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Austrains 35 Class 4-6-0 Steam Locomotive

Now available with a NEW Remastered
Custom Sound Project including the 
"Full Throttle - Heavy Load" feature.

Also suitable for Bergs and DJH Models

About the NSWGR 35 Class

The NSWGR C35 Class is a two-cylinder, simple, non-condensing, coal-fired superheated, 4-6-0 express passenger steam locomotive.  The 35 Class (as originally the NN Class) were an important development of express passenger power on the NSW Railways. Eveleigh Railway Workshops built all 35 locomotives in this class between 1914 and 1923 for the New South Wales Government Railways in Australia. Despite their elegant, 
somewhat English looking appearance, they suffered a long period of teething troubles and were poor performers, especially on long climbs.

When they entered traffic, the 35 Class locomotives immediately took over the major passenger expresses and became the NSWGR standard motive power for all main-line passenger services including the Melbourne and Brisbane Expresses. In June 1918, they took over on ‘The Fish’, then the premier Blue Mountains train. In 1932 they began to haul the ‘Caves Express,’ continuing in this service until the mid-late 1930's when they were displaced by the 36 Class. When delivered, all of the then NN Class were painted in standard NSWGR unlined black. During the period when the 35 Class were used to haul the ‘Caves Express' however, three of the class, 3506, 3526 and 3535, were painted deep (Oxford) blue, lined in gold (or Light Buff) with matching sets of L-type and R-type cars painted blue and gold used for the Caves Express. A silver star was painted on the smokebox door.

By the early 1940's, 35 Class locomotives were generally sharing the working of the major expresses with the 36 Class, and were still being used occasionally on the Newcastle Express. With the 36 class (and then the 38 Class) taking over mainline passenger traffic the 35 class was eventually confined essentially to the North Coast and Main North lines north of Gosford working both passenger and freight trains. All remaining members of the class were based at Broadmeadow Depot until replaced by diesels in the 1950's. The first was withdrawn in February 1959.The last was withdrawn in August 1968. Only 3526 was preserved.

Locomotive 3526 was withdrawn from service in 1967 and was the only one retained for preservation. In 1967 the locomotive was painted blue with heavy white lining and was used on enthusiast tour trains until 1973. A subsequent re-paint by the RTM (with NSWGR assistance) in 1971 saw the locomotive gain a livery of deep blue with gold (yellow) lining. The locomotive arrived at Thirlmere in 1975 under its own steam, and did not run again until 2004 following a major restoration in which it was once again returned to its original livery of unlined black.

DCC with Sound Installation

The Austrains 35 Class was released in July 2008 with QSI sound and non sound versions. The non sound versions were DCC ready with an 8 Pin Socket for easily fitting a DCC decoder however there is an issue with the wiring and it needs to be corrected before you can install a decoder to avoid damaging the decoder. The locomotive and tender have wheel pick-ups. A front working LED headlight is included.

In this installation our preferred decoder is the ESU LokSound V4.0 (Sound) with our Custom 35 Class Sound project including sounds from 3526. For those not interested in sound the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound). 

Alternate decoders: ESU LokSound Select, TCS WOW Steam sound, the Soundtraxx Econami or the new Tsunami 2 Sound Decoders.

The DCC Solutions Custom NSWGR 35 Class Sound Project 
for the ESU LokSound V4.0 is packed with sounds and features 
to have your model sounding just like a real steam locomotive.

Our NSWGR 35 Class Custom Sound Project now includes some new features:

Full Throttle – Heavy Load

This feature allows you to simulate a loaded, empty or a hardworking steam train by pressing the F1 function button. When the button is pressed, it activates heavy load and the motor speed will be locked at a constant speed, while the sound changes into an intense chuff when you increase the throttle speed so this can simulate a hard working steam locomotive. This exciting, new feature gives the operator the ability to have their steam loco crawling along the track while having an intense chuff sound. Release the Heavy Load function button and you simply go back to throttle-controlled speed and motion

Coasting on Demand
Apart from automatic coasting which is activated by a quick reduction of speed then is turned off after a set time or increased speed, this feature allows you to enter coasting mode whenever you want with a press of a button.Often when coming to a stop, the throttle of a real locomotive is put into Idle and the engineer coasts to a stop. Another situation that occurs is that once a train is up to speed when operating over
rolling countryside, the driver can coast to maintain a certain speed. By pressing the coast function button, the sound drops coasting and remains there. Using the throttle speed control, you can now speed up or slow down the train with the sound remaining in coasting mode.
Press the function button to exit coasting and the sound will exit and return to whatever speed is set when exiting.

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.

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, 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 and you will activate the hot boiler quick start to skip the preheat assuming the correct boiler pressure is almost reached.

Shut down your 32 Class and the sound just doesn't stop. Steam releases and other sounds will be heard as the locomotive shuts down.

Prototypical Headlight Operation. 

We have also modified the headlight operation to resemble 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 no more...

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 are:

  • Automatic High Beam Headlight Function when the locomotive begins to drive. Bring the loco to a stop and the headlight will return to dim.
  • Low Beam front headlight when reversing is also available.

  • Optional Red and White Markers Lights can be installed in the rear of the tender to increase the realism of your Austrains 35 Class Locomotive.

Remastered Whistle
A new remastered NSWGR 35 Class playable and short blast whistle.

And includes all these great features to make your NSWGR 35 Class drive and sound impressive.

  • 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 steam locomotive.
  • Coasting On Demand
  • Working Brake
  • Short Blast and Playable Whistle from 3526
  • 3526 Compressor
  • Playable stationary 3526 boiler/steam sounds including additional random sounds.
  • Shunting mode for slow speed shunting operations.
  • Random Drive Sounds including track squeal, compressor, injectors, coal shoveling, and more.
  • Random Stop Sounds including compressor, injectors, blower, steam releases, coal shoveling and more.
  • Generator controlled Headlight. The headlight is controlled by the generator sound.
  • High Beam Headlight Function allowing you switch the headlight from high beam to low beam and back while driving.
  • Optional low beam headlight when reversing.
  • Reserving 3 blast whistle when reversing
  • Individual Coupling and Release Options depending on the locomotive's direction.
  • Water filling tender sounds.
  • When the loco stops after braking the compressor cuts in to fill the reservoir .
  • Guard's Whistle
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Austrains 35 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 great sound.
  • Sound project also suitable for Bergs and DJH Models with an optional front headlight installed.


    Standard DCC Installation: Non sound decoder

    Standard Sound Installation: ESU SELECT, Soundtraxx Econami/Tsunami 2, TCS WOW Steam Sound Decoder with generic factory steam sounds

    Premium Sound Installation ESU V4.0 sound decoder programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom NSWGR 35 Class Sound Project 

    Premium Sound Installation and Light Modifications: ESU V4.0 sound decoder programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom NSWGR 35 Class Sound Project including Red/White Marker Lights installed in the rear of the tender.

    Here is the selection of sound and functions using the ESU V4.0 Sound Decoder


    Premium Sound Installation

    Function                      Description


          0 (HEADLIGHT)          Generator with Headlight/

          1                             Heavy Load

          2 (WHISTLE)             Playable Whistle

          3                             Short Whistle

          4                             Cylinder Steam Release

          5                             Coasting On Demand

          6                             Brake

          7                             Shunting Mode -  Reduces Speed 50%  

          8                             Cold Boiler Start Up Sound On/Off/Mute

          9                             Directional Rear Marker Lights      [Optional]

        10                             Rear Red Markers                         [Optional]

        11                             Rear White Markers                       [Optional]

        12                             Reserved (Light Mod)

        13                             Injectors

        14                             Coupling/Uncoupling + Shunting Mode

    Function                      Description
        15                             Blower

        16                             Compressor

        17                             Low Beam Headlight While Driving

        18                             Wheel Squeal

        19                             Guard's Whistle

        20                             Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press

        21                             Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%   

        22                             Dimmed Headlight Reversing + Generator

        23                             Tender Water Fill

        24                             Sanding Valve

        25                             Safety Valves

        26                             Coal Shovelling

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

        28                             Hot Boiler Start-Up Option

    Note: The above functions are for the LokSound V4.0 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom 35 Class Sound File

    . To access Functions 10 to 28 refer to our Help & Info page to find out more. All functions can be remapped to personal preferences.

    * Denotes function included with optional Light Modifications installed.

    Options Available

    ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom 35 Class Sound Project

    ESU LokSound Select Sound Decoder programmed with ESU generic steam sound file

    ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)

    Alternate brand of generic steam sound decoder.

    Light modifications.