C class steam locomotives
wheel arrangement: 2-8-0
C 10, circa 1930's
Number in Class 26
Number group 1 - 26
Construction period 1918 - 1926
In service 1918 - 1961?
Where built Newport
Tractive effort 38,400 lb
When built, the C class were the most powerful locos in Australia. They were VR's main heavy goods locos until the arrival of the X class. Not the VR's finest steam loco design, their boilers were quite undersized. As coal burners they were commonly refered to by engineman as "man killers" Their elongated grates (9' 7") made them difficult to fire and were prone to clinkering. As early as 1919 the enginemen's union was lobbying for 2 firemen on the C class. Entire class converted to oil burners beginning August 1946. They had a #4 brake and straight air brake. It is believed that the Taradale and Mooroobool viaducts were strengthened to enable the operation of these heavier locos.

C 5 was the first VR loco fitted with a modified front end in May 1933. This modification became a standard upgrade on the A2, X, S, K, N classes. C5 was the first VR loco with a cross compound air compressor Jan 1929.

First loco class with cabside class and number plates.

C 1 was only C class painted Canadian red, (the then standard paint for VR steam locos) C 2 was the first new loco to be painted all over black.

Fitted with staff exchangers mid 1930's

"German pattern"smoke deflectors were added starting with C 22 in June 1948

Max speed increases from 50 to 60MPH for WWII passenger work.

First withdrawl C 20 June 1954, last withdrawn C 7 April 1962

C 16 modified to burn pulverised brown coal. Fuller-Lehigh equipment was fitted in 1923, C 16 was the only C class involved in this short lived experiment. These tests, also with this tender, was also used in similar trials on A2 800 and Dd 1022

C 2 circa 1920's before getting its modified fron end and electric headlight

The addition of smoke deflectors and electric headlights dramatically changed the C's appearence, photo circa 1951.

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