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D3 Class Ten Wheeler 4-6-0

The D3 class started out life as the DD class, 261 of which were built from 1902 to 1921. The original saturated design was found to have some shortcomings, so commencing in 1914, various members of the class were converted to superheated design. In 1929, renumbering and reclassification took place, with the saturated locos being known as the D1 class, and the superheated locos the D2 class.

Further alterations in 1929 took place, with 94 of the D2 class being further rebuilt with larger boilers, and these became the D3 class. They were remarkably versatile locos, being used not only for shunting and light branch line work, but also for the occasional rostered main duty as well. They were capable of hard work, and speeds up to 80mph, and were quite popular with crews.

Loco DD980 was chosen to become the Commissioner's Loco, used for inspection touring of the Victorian rail network by the Railways Commissioner from 1916 onwards. This loco was rebuilt and renumbered to D3-639 in 1929, and was scrapped in 1958. However, the concept was too popular to be scrapped, and sister loco 658 was restored and renumbered as the second D3-639 in the early 60s, and today, this loco is retained for preservation running.

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  • Date : 1968, catalogued 31 Dec 2003
  • Photographer : Richard Felstead
  • Medium : email digital image, image location Heathcote Junction 1968
  • Description : An historic photo sent to me by Richard Felstead. An AHRS special (locos unidentified, but fairly clearly a D3 and a K) departs Heathcote Junction with the last train to Heathcote, 1968. Note the signalman about to hand over the staff. Check out Richard's web site .


D3 635

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  • Date : Oct 1979, catalogued 26 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Williamstown Railway Museum, slide number 7996
  • Description : D3 635 poses beside a signal at the Williamstown Railway Museum.


D3 639

Also known as The Commissioner's Engine.

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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 19970117
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : D3 639 takes water at Wallan on the occasion of the triple parallel run, Oct 1988.


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  • Date : 13 Nov 1997, catalogued 27 Nov 1997
  • Photographer : John Crossley
  • Medium : personal photograph, used with permission
  • Description : D3 639 pauses at Caulfield station, 13 Nov 1997.


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  • Date : 13 Nov 1997, catalogued 27 Nov 1997
  • Photographer : John Crossley
  • Medium : personal photograph, used with permission
  • Description : D3 639 pauses at Caulfield station, 13 Nov 1997.


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  • Date : 22 Apr 1973, catalogued 17 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Easter Steam Festival, slide number 2421
  • Description : D3-639 waits in the loop at Rockbank (?) on the occasion of a special run to Ballaraat in the company of R707 and several hundred steam enthusiasts (neither of whom are visible in this photo).


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  • Date : 22 Apr 1973, catalogued 17 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Easter Steam Festival, slide number 2424
  • Description : D3-639 waits in the loop at Rockbank (?) on the same occasion as the previous photo. Still no one around.


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  • Date : 22 Apr 1973, catalogued 17 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Easter Steam Festival, slide number 2436
  • Description : D3-639 snorts under the road bridge on the ascent of the Ingliston Bank.


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  • Date : 21 Apr 1973, catalogued 5 Mar 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Easter Steam Festival, slide number 2456
  • Description : D3-639 banking up Warrenheip Bank.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 22 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17421
  • Description : D3-639 waits at Spencer Street station to haul a triple parallel run to Seymour.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 22 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17422
  • Description : D3-639 waits at Spencer Street station to haul a triple parallel run to Seymour.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 04 Mar 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17450
  • Description : D3-639 takes water at Wallan on the triple parallel run trip.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 18 Mar 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17457
  • Description : D3-639 on the dual gauge turntable at Seymour.


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  • Date : 23 Apr 1973, catalogued 13 Dec 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 2430
  • Description : D3 639 and R707 make a spectacular run across the Melton Weir viaduct, during the Easter 1973 Steam Festival. This photo appears on the $10 Paytel Australia card issued Dec 1997.


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  • Date : 24 Feb 1999, entered in catalog on 11 Jun 1999, catalogued
  • Photographer : Peter Howarth
  • Medium : electronic image, forwarded and used with the photographer's permission
  • Description : A D3 in a very derelict state at Newport. This photo was sent to me electronically by Peter Howarth, who has a web site full of photographs that rivals mine! You can see the original at Peter's STEAMRAIL page .


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  • Date : 24 Apr 1973, catalogued 15 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Agfachrome, slide number 2470
  • Description : In a scene that can never be repeated, and was unlikely enough to have ever been taken anyway, K184 and D3-639 pull a special through Burnley goods sidings. The flour mills have gone, the sidings are just a stub track, and the occasion would be unlikely to be repeated because it was only due to a suburban guards strike that there were no electric passenger trains running, and hence the photo stop could be held with safety. Note that the photographer is standing in the middle of the up main track!


See also The Bicentennial Triple Parallel Run for more D3 Class photos.

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