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C Class 2-6-2
CLASS  C    2-6-2

Introduced: 1930 Number in Class: 24

C Class Register

Locomotive Specifications

  NZR Hillside (12)
  NZR Hutt (12)

Engine Weight:    39.25 tons Tender Weight:    
27.25 tons
Total Weight:    66.5 tons Adhesive Weight:    
25.95 tons
Length over Buffers:    
54' 5 5/8"
Total Wheelbase:    
45' 9 3/4"
Engine Wheelbase:    
23' 9"
Coupled Wheelbase:    
10' 0"
Tender Wheelbase:    14' 6" Driver Wheel Dia.:    45" Cylinders HP:    
Two - 14" x 22"
Cylinders LP:    
Grate Area:    24.0 sq ft Evaporative Area:    
724 sq ft
Superheated Area:    
138 sq ft
Working Pressure:    
200 psig
Tractive Effort:    15330 lbs f Coal Capacity:    
3.75 tons
Oil Capacity:     Water Capacity:    
2000 gals

Remarks:     By the mid-1920s much of the shunting work in New Zealand was being performed by obsolete locomotives so a report suggested that a more powerful Shunting engine should be designed and built. However it was another six years before the 'C' class 2-6-2 was specifically designed for heavy shunting work in both islands. In many respects, the 'C' was a thoroughly modern tender version of the 'Wf' however the final design incorporated a wide firebox and a light axle loading. These engines were noteworthy for many modern features, including an air-operated "Butterfly" fire door, air-operated reversing gear, and a "Commonwealth" cast-steel trailing truck. The tender had a sloping back of an American switcher and was provided with a cab for all-weather protection. To round off a good package, they were superheated and fitted with electric lighting.

Preserved Locomotives
  Silver Stream Railway,    Wellington -     C 847,     NZR Hillside #255/1930   Operating
  Canterbury Railway Society,    Ferrymead, Christchurch -     C 864,     NZR Hillside #272/1931   Stored