The 4-6-0 express passenger locomotives known as the “P Class” were first introduced to the rails of the New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR) in February 1892. The P Class, reclassed as the 32 class in 1924, would ply the rails of NSW right up until 1971 – a working life of over 70 years! Four locomotives remain in preservation today, 3203, 3214, 3237 and 3265 – the latter two in operating condition.
With the return to service of 3265 by the Powerhouse Museum, now might be a good time to learn a bit about the history of these venerable locomotives. A new section devoted to operational heritage locomotives on the website is under construction, with the page on the 32 class complete.
Click here to read more about the 32 Class, or navigate to the 32 Class page by clicking “Heritage” at the top of the site.