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Australian Railways

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This page includes books dealing with the railways of Australia.

Please consult the How to Order section before ordering any books.

4-8-2 + 2-8-4 3ft 6in Gauge Beyer-Garratt Locomotives for the Queensland Railways: A new design of a general purpose Beyer-Garratt Locomotive on a light axleload, Beyer Peacock, Locomotive Engineers, Manchester, 1950, pp12.  Reprinted from the Railway Gazette with additional illustrations.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Details of 30 Beyer-Garratts built for Australia after the war.  £16.50

Adam-Smith, Patsy  Romance of Australian Railways, Hale, 1974, pp246.  Hb.  Fine in a VG dust wrapper. There is a two-inch internally repaired tear in the dust wrapper fold. An affectionate tribute to the railways of Australia, well-illustrated in black & white and colour.  £7.50

Bromby, Robin  The Country Railway in Australia, Cromarty Press, Sydney, 1983, pp87.  Pb. VG- with superficial wear and rubbing to the covers.  An illustrated study of the role of the railway in the development of rural Australia.  £4.95

Carter, Mark  New South Wales, Gresley Publishing, 1994, pp68.  Large Format Pb.  Modern Rail Portfolio - No.1.  VG.  An all-colour album recording the dramatic changes in the New South Wales rail network over the previous decade.   £4.95

Downes, Jim and Daum, Berthold  The Indian Pacific: From Coast to Coast,  Lichtbild Pty Ltd, 1997, pp112.  Glazed boards with a dust wrapper.  Very Good in a Very Good dust wrapper.  The corners of the covers are slightly bumped.  A celebration of one of the world's great railway journeys, 2,700 miles across Australia from Sidney to Perth - Illustrated in colour throughout.  £12.50

Durrant A E  Australian Steam, D&C, 1978, pp128.  Locomotive Studies Series.  Hard Cover.  Very Good+ in a Very Good dust wrapper.  A comprehensive review and assessment.  £14.50

Eardley, Gifford H  Locomotives Beyond Recall, NSW Rail Transport Museum, 1974, pp56. Pb.  VG.  Some faint marks on the covers.  Illustrations and short histories of the steam locomotives used in New South Wales.  £4.95

Flying Scotsman: On Tour Australia, Chapmans, 1990, pp64.  Large Format Hb.  Very Good+ in a  Very Good dust wrapper.  An all-colour photographic tribute to the Flying Scotsman in Australia.  £2.95

Grady, Ian  The Ghan: Australia's Grand Rail Journey - Adelaide to Darwin via the Red Centre & Top End, Golden Gecko Press, 2007, pp168.  Photographs by Don Fucks.  Large Format Hb.  VG in a VG dust wrapper.  A history of Australia's South to North transcontinental route from Adelaide to Darwin, including the original line to Alice Springs, followed by an illustrated journey along the line.  £12.50

Historical Notes on the Beginnings of Australian Railways, Public Transport Commission, Australia, pp20 with a two-page map.  No date. "Largish" format Pb.  VG.  The early railways in all the Australian states are considered.  £2.95

McDonald, Keith  Steel and Rails in Newcastle, Light Railway Research Society of Australia, 1981, pp118.  Large Format.  Card Covers.  Very Good-.  Slight rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.  Account of the industrial railways serving the steel works of Newcastle, Australia.  Particular attention is paid to the locomotives and rolling stock with a comprehensive set of scale drawings.  £9.50

McNicol, Steve  Flying Scotsman Profile, RailMac, Australia, 1992, pp40.  Pb.  VG+.  An unusual illustrated booklet focusing on Flying Scotsman's visit to Australia in 1988/89.  £0.95

New South Wales, Department of Railways  Railway Quiz, Australia, 1966, pp84.  Small format Pb. VG+.  Not really a quiz book, rather an illustrated booklet of the extensive New South Wales railway network with all the information presented using a question and answer format.  Sections on History, Track, Traffic, Locomotives & Rolling Stock, Electrical, and Signalling.  £2.95

Pearce, Kenn  Australian Railway Disasters, IPL Books, 2nd edition 1999, pp240. Glazed Boards.  VG.  Bottom rear corner of the covers slightly bumped.  A survey of railway accidents in Australia over the last 120 years.  £12.50

Public Transport Commission of New South Wales Annual Report 1975, pp33.  Large format Pb.  VG- with superficial wear to the corners of the covers.  An annual report on rail, bus and ferry operations in New South Wales, Australia with colour illustrations.  £2.95

Purcell, John  Hotham Valley Tourist Railway, pp44.  No date.  Pb.  VG+.  An attractive illustrated booklet, giving details of a major preserved railway in Western Australia.  £0.95

Queensland Railways 1971, pp40.  Published to commemorate the opening of the Goonyella line.  Large landscape format Pb.  VG with some superficial creasing to the covers.  A booklet describing the extensive railway network in Queensland, Australia, illustrated throughout in colour. The 124-mile narrow-gauge Goonyella line was opened in 1971 to transport coal to the Queensland coast.  £2.95

Rae, Lou  The ABT Railway & Railways of the Lyell Region, author, 1999, pp101.  Large Format Pb.  VG with slight creasing at the top front corner of the covers.  The history of an unusual rack railway in Tasmania, originally constructed by the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company and more recently revived as a heritage line.  £12.50

Railways of Australia: An introduction to the nation's biggest industry, pp14.  Pb.  Very Good.  No date.  An illustrated booklet updated around 1975.  £0.95

Taylor, Colin  Australia by Rail, Trailblazer Publications, 4th edition 2000, pp288 plus pp16 of colour illustrations.  Pb.  Very Good.  A comprehensive guide aimed at both the tourist and the enthusiast.  £2.95

Victorian Railways Board  Know Your Railways, Australia, 1975.  Pb. VG.  A card information folder containing: 1. A 26 inch by 15.25 inch folded map of the extensive Victorian railway system, including an enlarged map of the Melbourne area and an index; 2. The Road Rail Crossing Problem by A. G. Gibbs.  A 12-page leaflet investigating the high number of collisions on level crossings in Victoria.  £2.95

Webber, Brian  Exploring the Railways of Far North Queensland, Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division, 2004, pp64.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  "Both a précis of the history of the railways of Far North Queensland and a guide to those that existed in the past and those that remain today."  Well-illustrated throughout.  £5.95

Whiteford, David; De Bruin, Charles; Watson, Lindsay; and Watson, Neville  Western Australian Preserved Locomotives, RailMac, 1983, pp52.  Pb.  VG.  With an illustration and brief history of each preserved locomotive.  £1.95

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