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Ixion Models NSWGR 32 Class 4-6-0 Steam Locomotive


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


About the NSWGR 32 Class Locomotive

The C32 class were a class of steam locomotives built for the New South Wales Government Railways of Australia with the first batch of 50 locomotives delivered between February 1892 and July Beyer, Peacock and Company. They were introduced as the "P" Class. Further orders for the 32 Class saw a total of 191 of them being built by several builders including Beyer, Peacock and Company (106), Baldwin Locomotive Works (20), Clyde Engineering (45) and Eveleigh Railway Workshops (20) with the last locomotive being delivered in April 1911. The initial 50 were built with six wheel tenders, the remainder with eight wheel bogie tenders. Many of the originals were later equipped with bogie tenders, however a number of the class kept the shorter tenders to enable them to be turned on the 50-foot (15.24 m) turntables at certain locations as the bogie tenders were too long.

The 32 Class became the universal workhorse of the NSW railways. They worked express passenger and local passenger services including Newcastle Flyers, Caves Express and the South Coast Daylight Express. They also worked goods and branch line mixed trains across virtually the entire NSW railways.

The first of the 32 class to be withdrawn was 3264 following an accident at Otford in July 1956. Following the arrival of the 48 class diesels from 1959 withdrawals began. On 24 July 1971 the last regularly steam-hauled passenger train in New South Wales was hauled by 3346 from Newcastle to Singleton. In December 1971 3229 (a shunting locomotive at Goulburn Depot) was the last of its class to be withdrawn. Of the 191 locomotives only 4 have been preserved 3203, 3214, 3237, 3265. Currently 3237 and 3265 are still operational.

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

Ixion Model Railways released the NSWGR 32 Class Low Frame Steam Locomotive in June 2016. Two tender variations are available, six-wheel and the longer bogie tender. The model is DCC and sound ready - NMRA compliant DCC socket in the tender, and provision for a 20mm round speaker in the tender floor. The model has a working headlight hidden behind a white lens cover and in reverse has white markers on the rear of the tender. 

No rear red markers are installed.

In February 2018, Ixion began the release of another 8 models including the Green 3306 "Illawarra" and may have corrected the white headlight lens.

In this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound V4.0 (Sound) and for those not interested in sound the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound). We have created a nice 32 Class Sound Project with recordings from 3265 taken in 2015.

The DCC Solutions NSWGR 32 Class Custom Sound Project 
is packed with sounds and features!

Our Custom Sound Project now includes these 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 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 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 steam turbo 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.

Remastered Whistle
A new remastered NSWGR 32 Class playable and short blast whistle.

Here at DCC Solutions we offer a light modification for the rear markers on the tender.

Optional light modification available: Replace the rear white markers on the tender to dual red/white LEDs to add red markers. This allows light engine running with the front headlight on and rear red markers. White markers for running in reverse.

Not real happy about the white lens on the front headlight on the first release, then enquire about having it replaced with a clear lens.

The DCC Solutions Custom 32 Class Sound Project contains sounds from the operational 3265.

The NSWGR 32 Class Custom Sound Project includes:

  • Recorded sounds from 3265
  • 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.
  • Driving and Coast on Demand allows you to drive your model like a real steam locomotive
  • Working Brake
  • NSWGR 32 Class Short Blast and Playable Whistle
  • NSWGR 32 Class Compressor
  • Shunting mode for slow speed shunting operations.
  • Playable stationary boiler/steam sounds including random sounds.
  • Random Drive Sounds including track squeal, compressor, injectors, coal shovelling and more.
  • Individual Coupling and Release Options depending on the locomotive's direction with automatic activated shunting speed mode.
  • Water filling tender sounds.
  • Generator controlled Headlight and Marker Lights. These are controlled by the generator sound rather than the light function
  • When the loco stops after braking the compressor cuts in.
  • Guard's Whistle
  • High Beam Headlight Function when the locomotive begins to drive and returning to a dim state at stop.
  • Optional low beam front headlight when reversing
  • Optional Automatic 3 blast whistle when reversing.
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Ixion 32 Class Locomotive Model.
  • Individual sounds slots and master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements.
  • Full function button remapping to suit your personal requirements.
  • This Sound Project is also suitable for other brands of 32 Class Models.


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 V4.0 sound decoder programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom Sound Project with sounds from 3265.

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: ESU V4.0 sound decoder programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom Sound Project with sounds from 3265 and replace the rear white markers with dual red/white LEDs for operating rear red and white marker lights. Optional lens replacement for the front headlight to clear.

Here is the selection of sound and function labels using the ESU V4.0 sound decoder with 6 Function Lighting Outputs.


Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification

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 by 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                             Dimmed Headlight Reversing + Generator

    14                             Low Beam Headlight While Driving

Function                   Description   
    15                             Blower

    16                             Compressor

    17                             Injectors

    18                             Wheel Squeal

    19                             Guard's Whistle 

    20                             Volume Control (+/-)    [Five Pre-set Volumes]

    21                             Volume Fader - Reduces Sound by 50%

    22                             Coupling/Uncoupling + Shunting Mode

    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 Sound Project. The functions and sounds will be different for other Sound Decoders. To learn how to use these functions see the Info & Help page. All functions can be reprogrammed to suit your own personal requirements.