As soon as I published the last post, I knew I should have added more pictures!
As I said there, 32 Class sales are exciting and encouraging. In fact, our first sale came within minutes of the "Buy It Now" buttons going live on Sunday March 22, and I'm pleased to record that Ixion 32 Class Customer Number 1 was David Potter of Sydney, and his choice was the model of 3265 as preserved - the only low-frame 32 to have survived the scrapper's torch. Over a period of years, David recorded the revival of this classic loco. He sent us some of his photos, which chronicle just how painstakingly and lovingly it has been restored.
All these photos are © David Potter, and are published online here with his permission.
Back in steam; 3265 in grey primer, during restoration. ©David Potter
Out in the sunshine! 3265 in grey primer, during restoration. ©David Potter
Inside the cab of 3265. Note the typical NSWGR green colour, starting half-way up the cab sides. ©David Potter
3265 in all her glory, after restoration. ©David Potter
The complex and elegant NSWR monogram applied to the sandboxes. ©David Potter