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Austrains 36 Class 4-6-0 Steam Locomotive

The NSWGR C36 class was a class of two-cylinder, coal-fired superheated, 4-6-0 express passenger steam locomotives.Eveleigh Railway Workshops built the first 10 while the remaining 65 were built by Clyde Engineering for the New South Wales Government Railways in Australia.

The 36 class was a relatively minor development of the 35 class locomotives, introduced in 1914.

Introduced in 1925, the 75 locomotives of the class became the principal motive power for all major expresses, and accelerated long distance passenger timetables leading to new levels of service in the pre World War II period. They were the backbone of passenger expresses for over 20 years before the arrival of the 38 class. 

When delivered, all of the 36 class were painted in standard unlined black. For the 1927 Royal Tour of the Duke and Duchess of York, 3602, 3615, 3616 & 3617 were painted Royal Blue, with yellow and black lining. In 1934 to operate the Southern Highlands Express 3633 was repainted green. Subsequently another 28 members were also painted green. World War Two austerity meant steam locomotives were only painted black, and as the 36 class became due for repainting, they reverted to plain black which they would carry until withdrawn.

The 36 class in original form had a round-top boiler rather than the Belpaire type and were all superheated. In the early to mid-1950s, the majority of the class were rebuilt with new, all-steel Belpaire boilers and re-designed cabs. Typical of the technology of the day, the riveted steel boilers originally fitted to the class had copper inner fireboxes, fire-tubes and superheater flues. The replacement Belpaire boilers had steel fireboxes, tubes and flues, in line with US practice and later NSWGR policy. Although copper provides superior heat transfer, it promotes a galvanic reaction resulting in the 'wasting' by corrosion of some steel boiler components such as crown stays and front tubeplates. The 36 class was the first mainline locomotive design in New South Wales to be fitted with outside Walschaerts valve gear which later all subsequent steam classes followed suit.

The 36 class locomotives were placed on express passenger services, initially on the premier Newcastle Flyer trains, then later on Southern and Northern expresses and mail trains. The increased range of the class was trialled early on, with through trips from Sydney to Albury, a distance of some 640 km, without changing the locomotive. By the late 1920s, the class were in regular use on the Melbourne Limited and Melbourne Express, generally with only four servicing stops en route.

On the Main North they worked trains as far as Armidale and on the North Coast to South Grafton. Following the opening of the Grafton Bridge over the Clarence River, the class worked all the way to South Brisbane. When the Central West Express, Northern Tablelands Express and Riverina Express were introduced in 1941, the 36 class were rostered. By the 1950s the 38 class had taken over all major express services, and the 36 class were generally used on slower passenger services and mail trains, including to Albury,Narrandera, Dubbo, Parkes, Thirroul, Armidale and South Brisbane and local stopping trains on the Short North to Newcastle.

Following electrification of the Main Western line to Lithgow in 1957, some 36 class locomotives were based at Lithgow, Bathurst and Parkes, and with the introduction of diesel locomotives, were relegated to freight trains although they did continue to haul the Central West Express west of Lithgow until at least 1963. As well as providing a faster service, useful for more perishable goods, the rostering of the 36 class on freight workings allowed the withdrawal of numbers of Standard Goods locomotives. Withdrawal of the 36 class commenced in January 1959 as more diesels became available, but a number were temporarily returned to traffic in late 1966, to work wheat trains after a record harvest. The last was withdrawn in September 1969. There are three of the 36 class preserved 3609, 3616, and 3642 which is still operational. 

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

The Austrains 36 Class was first released way back in 1999 and with time a few different runs were released each with something extra to do before converting to DCC. Some had no headlight and no tender pickups. Another had a headlight and still no tender pickups. The later run included models with a very basic decoder for those wanting DCC. The Austrains 36 Class model runs ok in DC but with DCC, especially sound, it is really noticeable that it is not a really good runner due to the low level of track pick up and requires either additional pickups on the tender or the addition of a Stay Alive.

In this installation our preferred decoder is  the ESU LokSound Range of 8 Pin decoders, such as the LokSound V4.0 (Sound), LokSound Select (Sound) and for those not interested in sound the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound). Alternate decoders can be the TCS WOW Steam sound, the Soundtraxx Econami or the new Tsunami 2 Sound Decoders. But if your want your model to sound like a 36 Class then the best choice would be the LokSound V4.0 (Sound) with our Custom 36 Class Steam Sound project.

We offer a light modification for the Austrains 36 Class

New 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.

New Headlight Installation (1st run models)
Own a first run Austrains 36 Class with no headlight? Well here at DCC Solutions we can install a LED headlight into your model so you can now enjoy running your model with our new headlight operation to add the realism of running your model.

Tender Marker Lights

Here at DCC Solutions we can install some white and red marker lights to the tender to really enhance the model when running light or shunting. 

This allows light engine running with the front headlight on and rear red markers. White markers for running in reverse.

The DCC Solutions NSWGR 36 Class Steam Custom Sound Project
is packed with sounds and features!

Our Custom Sound Project now includes these new features:

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.

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 steam locomotive.

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 shoveling 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 36 Class and the sound just doesn't stop. Steam releases and other sounds will be heard as the locomotive shuts down.

And includes all these great features to make your Austrains 36 Class drive and sound impressive
  • NSWGR 3642 recorded steam sounds
  • 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.
  • Short Blast and Playable Whistle
  • C36 Compressor
  • Playable stationary boiler/steam sounds including random sounds.
  • Random Drive Sounds including track squeal, compressor, injectors, coal shoveling, and more.
  • Individual Coupling and Release Options depending on the locomotive's direction.
  • Water filling tender sounds.
  • Generator controlled Headlight. The headlight is activated by the generator sound.
  • High Beam Headlight Function allowing you switch the headlight from low beam to high beam and back.
  • Optional low beam headlight when reversing
  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, steam releases
  • When the loco stops after braking the compressor cuts in to fill the reservoir .
  • Guard's Whistle
  • Automatic 3 blast whistle when reversing.
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Austrains 36 Class Locomotive Model.
  • Slow Speed motor 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 PowerPlus Stay Alive to enable uninterupted performance at super slow speeds especially through insulfog points.
  • DCC Solutions High Performance Speaker delivering impressive sound.

    Standard DCC Installation: Non sound decoder

    Standard Sound Installation: ESU SELECT, Soundtraxx ECONAMI or TCS WOW Steam Sound Decoder with generic factory steam sounds.

    Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound V4.0 sound decoder programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom 36 Class Steam Sound Project 

    Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: ESU LokSound V4.0 sound decoder programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom 36 Class Steam Sound Project with installation or red and white marker lights in the rear of the tender.

    Improved Track Pick Up: Due to no track pick up in the tender,all Austrains 36 Class DCC installations will include the DCCS PowerPlus Stay Alive for improved DCC operation during times of power interruptions due to dirty or problematic track work to keep the loco moving along with sound and lights. 

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


    Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification

    Function                      Description   


          0 (HEADLIGHT)         Generator with Headlight

          1                             Short Blast Whistle

          2 (WHISTLE)              Playable Whistle

          3                             Coupling (Reverse) /Uncoupling (Forward) [CV48]

          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                             Reserved (Light Mod)

        10                             Rear Red Markers                        [Optional]

        11                               Rear White Markers                      [Optional]

        12                             Reserved (Light Mod)

        13                             Injectors

        14                             Hot Boiler Start Up Sound On/Off/Mute

    Function                      Description   
        15                             Blower

        16                             Compressor

        17                             Dim Headlight While Driving

        18                             Wheel Flange Squeal

        19                             NSWGR Guard's Whistle

        20                             Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press

        21                             Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

        22                             Generator with Dimmed Headlight Reversing

        23                             Tender Water Fill

        24                             Sanding Valve

        25                             Safety Valves

        26                             Coal Shovelling

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

        28                             Disable Brake Sound

    Note: The above functions are for the LokSound V4.0 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Premium Custom Sound Installation with Light Modification.
    The functions and sounds will be different for the LokSound Select Decoder. To learn how to use these functions see the Info & Help page. 
    All functions can be reprogrammed to suit your own personal requirements.

    Options Available                                                 

    ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom NSWGR 36 Class Sound Project

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

    ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)

    Alternative brands of Sound and Non Sound Decoders of your choice.

    DCC Solutions upgraded Light Modifications

    Supply only Decoders and Speakers for DIY Installations