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  DCC Solutions

Austrains 30 Tank Class 4-6-4 Steam Locomotive

DCC/Sound Installation

Now available with a NEW Remastered

Custom Sound Project including the

"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 Railways of Australia.

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The first 30 class locomotive was withdrawn in February 1957 and by July 1965 the fleet was down to just 33 locos. By mid-1971 it was down to three with the last, 3085, being withdrawn on 22 February 1973. It was 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

From 1926 came the electrification of the inner suburban rail lines and resulted in a surplus of the 30 class, so on 22 August 1928 the first 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 extended smokeboxes. Most of these 28 superheated locomotives received a riveted on 'drumhead' extensions to their smokeboxes.

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. 

The Austrains 30 Class Model

DCC with Sound Installation

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.

The appearance of your Austrains 30 Class model won’t be altered when fitting sound by us.

For DCC installations our recommended decoder is the ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoder with our Custom 30 Class Sound project including sounds from 3016. For those not interested in sound the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound). Trying to use other brands of sound decoder simply won't fit unless you are willing to cut the the cab and see the decoder and speaker in the cab. We provide professional installations so this is definitely not our prefered option.

The DCC Solutions Custom NSWGR 30 Class Sound Project is packed with sounds and features not found on other sound decoders and we will have your model sounding like a real steam locomotive.

Our NSWGR 30 Class Custom Sound Project now includes some new features:

Remastered Sound Project

Our 30 Class Steam Sound Project has been remastered and includes some new recorded sounds from 3016 plus additional features.

Now with a Cold Boiler Start Up Sequence including boiler water fill and fire up sequence before moving off or an optional Quick Hot Boiler Start Up Sequence which goes straight to waiting for the correct boiler pressure to be reached before moving off.

The drive sounds will increase and decrease gradually with speed. When you suddenly decrease or increase the throttle by at least 10 speed steps quickly while driving you will hear the sounds of the steam locomotive working. After a set amount of time or by increasing the speed, the locomotive will return back to normal running.

Full Throttle - Heavy Load

This feature allows you to simulate a loaded, hard working steam locomotive by pressing the F1 function button. When the button is pressed, the motor will remain at a constant speed, while the sound can be controlled independently by adjusting the speed on the throttle allowing for a fierce full chuff or drifting with rod clanks. Release the Heavy Load function button and you simply go back to throttle-controlled speed and motion

Coasting on Demand

Coasting on demand can be used to suit your running environment allowing variable speed coasting so changes in speed will not turn it off until you turn it off.The loco will enter the coasting mode and remain in coasting regardless of changes in the speed. Experiment with turning it on and off while the locomotive is moving at speed to hear the sound changes of a steam locomotive.


Press the Brake Function button and your loco will come to a stop at a much shorter distance than if you were to bring the loco to a stop by reducing the speed throttle. Press the function button to release the brake and your loco will move off again or set the speed throttle to zero when stopped and release the brake for the locomotive to remain stationary.

Random Sounds

New random stop and drive sounds have been added to increase the realism of your model.

Coupling with Auto Shunting Mode.

Press F14 and Shunting Mode activates to automatically reduce the loco speed then press F14 again when ready to couple up to hear the coupler clash. Shunting mode will remain on for a few more seconds then will switch off returning you to normal throttle speed control. Repeat this same procedure to hear the uncoupling sounds.

New Headlight Operation (Models with Headlights Fitted)

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 and bright while driving. While the generator is on the headlight stays on. If you press F8 to shut down and turn the locomotive sound off this will include the generator so then the headlight will also turn off even if you haven't turned the headlight off itself using the headlight button.

Also added are:

  • High Beam Headlight Function allowing you switch the headlight between high beam and low beam while driving when required during NSW Steam Locomotive Operations.
  • Low Beam Headlight is also available when reversing.
  • 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 NSWGR 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 steam locomotive.
  • Driving and Coast on Demand allows you to drive your model like a real steam locomotive
  • Working Brake
  • NSWGR 30 Class Short Blast and Playable Whistle
  • NSWGR 30 Class Compressor
  • Optional Quick Hot Start Up Sequence - Straight to waiting for boiler pressure to be reach before moving off.
  • Playable stationary boiler/steam sounds including additional random sounds.
  • Shunting mode for slow speed shunting operations.
  • Random Drive Sounds including track squeal, compressor, injectors, coal shovelling, and more.
  • Random Stop Sounds including compressor, injectors, blower, steam releases, coal shovelling and more.
  • Generator controlled Headlight. The headlight is controlled by the generator sound (Optional)
  • High Beam Headlight Function allowing you switch the headlight from high beam to low beam and back while driving. (Optional)
  • Optional low beam headlight when reversing. (Optional)
  • Red Marker Light Modification for individual control. (Optional)
  • Individual Coupling and Release Options depending on the locomotive's direction with automatic activated shunting speed mode.
  • 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 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 great sound.
  • Sound project also suitable for Bergs and DJH 30 Class Models


Standard DCC Installation: ESU Non sound decoder.

Standard Sound Installation: ESU SELECT, with generic factory steam sounds

Premium Sound Installation: ESU V4.0 sound decoder programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom NSWGR 30 Class Sound Project 

Here is the selection of sound and functions for models with lights using the ESU V4.0 Sound Decoder

With the DCC Solutions Custom NSWGR 30 Class Sound Project


Premium Sound Installation

Function                       Description  

0 (HEADLIGHT)            Generator/ Headlights with White Markers

1                              Heavy Load

2 (WHISTLE)                Playable Whistle

3                              Short Blast Whistle

4                              Steam Release

5                              Coasting On Demand

6                              Brake

7                              Shunting Mode - Reduces Speed 50%

8                              Cold Boiler Start Up Sound On/Off/Mute

9                              Red Markers - (On/Off-Directional)

10                              Rear Red Markers (On/Off)

11                              Rear Headlight/White Markers Only

12                              Front Red Markers - (On/Off)

13                              Front Headlight/White Markers Only

14                              Low Beam Headlight while Driving

Function                       Description  

15                              Blower

16                              Compressor

17                              Injectors

18                              Wheel Squeal

19                              Guard's Whistle

20                              Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press

21                              Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

22                              Coupling and Release with 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 Sound Option​

Note: The above functions are for the LokSound V4.0 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Premium Custom Sound Installation

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.

Click Here to contact DCC Solutions to enquire about DCC/DCC Sound for your Austrains 30 Class Locomotive