Railways of Australia Author:C. C. Singleton, David Burke The Australian Railway scene is changing fast. We are seeing the transition from steam locomotives to diesels and electrics, The arrival of modern air conditioned expresses, the gauge standardization of key routes. New lines are being built and and old lines rebuilt to carry fabulous mineral wealth. — Railways of Australia tells about these spect... more »acular developments, and takes us behind the scenes to show how a railway works.
The Australian railways are a vast enterprise. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, they handle a staggering volume of passengers and freight.
Their story is told, in text and pictures, against a romantic background -- the battle of the broken gauges, the classic beauty of some of the greatest steam power, the enormous capacity of the all-conquering diesel, the glamour of the "titled" trains, and the nostalgic appeal of the lesser known lines.« less