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207517
Armstrong, John
Locomotives in the Tropics - Volume 1 Queensland Railways, 1864-1910
Australian Railway Historical Society - Queensland Division, Brisbane Qld., 1985.
Quarto; paperback; 112pp., with diagrams and many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; covers rubbed. Very good.
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$30
214173
Belbin, Phil, & David Burke
Full Steam Across the Mountains
Methuen Australia Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1982.
Reprint: quarto; hardcover; tan boards with white spine titling and endpaper maps; 144pp., with full-colour and monochrome photographic illustrations. Minor wear; board corners lightly scraped; toning and faint spotting to the text block edges. Very good to near fine. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Rails were the path and steam was the goliath that conquered the Blue Mountains making the rich western plains accessible. Puffing up the famous zigzags, thundering along the ridges, sending billowing clouds of smoke up against the clean mountain sky, frantically recharging air brakes on treacherous downgrades, for nearly ninety years the iron horse was supreme. One of the greatest achievements of nineteenth century engineering was the building of Australia's loftiest and steepest mainline. The line across the Blue Mountains was the greatest construction challenge the country had yet faced and in an age when shovel, wheelbarrows, picks and sheer brute force were the tools used, the achievement is astounding. John Whitton, an engineering genius, was the man responsible for elevating the line from the coastal plain to the plateau of the mountains and then bringing the trains down again. Despite almost overwhelming odds - political, financial and topographical - he succeeded. This is the story of his achievement.
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$35
209644
Bentley, James (illus. Phil Belbin)
Black Smoke Blue Mountains The Great Zig Zag Railway
Robert Brown & Assoc., Bathurst NSW, 1988.
Quarto; hardcover, upper board titling and illustrated endpapers; 176pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; small residue spots to front board with lightly rubbed extremities and corners; faint spotting to text block edges. Lightly rubbed dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$35
82686
Burke, David
Great Steam Trains of Australia: signed copy
Rigby, Adelaide, 1978.
Inscribed quarto hardcover, 160pp., mainly monochrome illustrations. Board edges and corners rubbed and scraped; dustwrapper moderately worn along edges and corners with tears on head of spine and upper rear edge, some scuffing. Very good in good dustwrapper (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive archival film and white paper backing). The author traces the development of the locomotives that hauled the expresses, from the underpowered puffing billies of the 1880s with their open cabs and tall driving wheels, through the advent of the heavy engines of the 1900s. He tells of the speeds these engines clocked, the big trains they hauled, and the well-known towns they raced through. He describes the confusion at the break-of-gauge terminals, the hassles at the ticket offices, and the crowding at the refreshment rooms. He portrays the sweating engine crews, the porters, and the stationmasters in their braided caps and brass buttons.
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$45
213726
Burke, David
Kings of the Iron Horse A.E. Smith & F.J. Shea
Methuen Australia Pty. Ltd., North Ryde NSW, 1985.
Octavo; hardcover, full cloth with decorative endpapers; 248pp., with 32pp. of monochrome plates and other illustrations likewise. Mild wear; text block top edge lightly dusted; some minor rust stains to the front endpapers. Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Laid in: promotional material from the publisher and a clipped newspaper review. Across a space of eighty memorable years, some 3300 steam locomotives were built in Australia for this country's railways. Few other products of our heavy industry could compare at the time with these steam engines for their sheer 'Australianess'. Their design and construction by Australian engineers and artisans represents a fascinating phase of the nation's industrial and social history. Alf Smith and Fred Shea were two of the men who made these iron horses. Theirs was a lifelong friendship that began with a teacher-pupil relationship in the grimy, deafening workshops where the metal to build the locomotives was beaten out. Both rose to the supreme office of C.M.E - Chief Mechanical Engineer. Alf began with the Victorian Railways of the turbulent 1880s, advancing from apprentice to draftsman to self-taught engineer. Fred Shea belonged to a later generation that would ultimately scrap the beloved steam machine and usher in the diesel-electric age. In the years between lay a great locomotive adventure, one in which some of Australia's largest, grandest, most powerful steam engines took to the rails. Both men left the mark of their achievement on Australia's railway systems, on workshop practice, and in their contribution to transport on the very fabric of national growth. The classic engines for which they were responsible in the stirring age of steam truly earned them the title, 'Kings of the Iron Horse'.
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$22
57572
Burke, David
With Iron Rails A Bicentennial History of the Railways in New South Wales
NSW University, 1988.
Square quarto hardcover; black boards with upper board gilt titles and rules, decorated green endpapers; 248pp., colour & monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper lower rear edge creased with a few light scrapes (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good.
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$35
63011
Dunn, Ian & Merchant, Robert (eds.)
Pansy the Camden Tram An Illustrated History of the Campbelltown to Camden Branch Railway
New South Wales Rail Transport Museum, Sydney, 1982.
Octavo stapled paperback, 72pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; slightly worn cover edges, one or two tiny scrapes. Otherwise very good.
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$25
84532
Dunn, Ian, Bill NcNiven (sic.) & Laurier Williams
Flyer A Tribute to Steam Locomotive Operation on the Sydney-Newcastle Expresses
Rail Transport Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1970.
Quarto; paperback, with illustrated wrappers; 76pp., with many full-colour and black & white photgraphic illustrations. Minor wear; well-rubbed edges, scraping to corners and spine extremities. Very good.
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$20
62991
Estell, Don, David Howarth & Richard Mosman (eds.)
Illawarra - 100 Years
Illawarra Group NSW Transport Museum, Wollongong, 1988.
Quarto paperback, 108pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; very slightly rolled; mild rubbing and edgewear to covers. Very good.
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$40
81781
Fitch, Ron
Railroading at its Wildest
Kangaroo Press Pty. Ltd., Kenthurst NSW, 1993.
Quarto; hardcover; 176pp. with many maps and monochrome photographic illustrations. Minor wear; some very mild edgewear and rubbing to the boards; light spotting to the text block edge; previous owner's ink stamp to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed. Very good to near fine. One railway historian described Ron Fitch's 46 years in Australian railways as 'railroading at its wildest'. In particular, he was amazed at the remoteness and distances involved; at a construction engineer living in a tent, cooking his meals over an open fire and subsisting for an entire summer on tinned meat, potatoes and onions, bread and jam; at the chief civil engineer of a major railway carrying his swag from rest house to rest house when on track inspection; at his being obliged to travel further than from London to Rome to the site of a derailment or washaway and the same distance back again once the damage had been repaired; or at the existence of a railway system with over 3000 kilometres of main line that didn't cross one permanent stream yet was subject to periodic flooding. In this book the author looks back over those incident-filled years.
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$30
207514
Fluck, R.E., R. Sampson & K.J. Bird
Steam Locomotives and Railcars of the South Australian Railways
Mile End Railway Museum, Roseworthy SA, 1986.
Quarto; paperback; 176pp., with maps, diagrams and many monochrome and full colour illustrations. Mild wear; covers rubbed. Very good. Laid in: a previous owner's hand-written notes on cowcatchers.
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$75
42895
Gunn, John
Along Parallel Lines A history of the railways of New South Wales 1850-1986
Melbourne University Press, Carlton Vic., 1989.
Octavo; hardcover, full cloth boards with gilt spine titling and endpaper maps; 581pp., with maps and 24pp. of monochrome plates. Mild wear; a little cocked; spine heel softened; text block top edge dusted. Dustwrapper a little edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$35
97586
Hicks, George, & Dennis O'Brien (Jeff Rigby, Robert Kingsford-Smith & Dean Oliver, illus.)
Shays in the Valley A History of the Wolgan Valley Railway
New South Wales Rail Transport Museum, Burwood NSW, 1999.
First edition: quarto; hardcover; 164pp., with maps and many monochrome and colour illustrations, one folding. Minor wear; mild softening to the spine extremities; name sticker to the front endpaper. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn with one or two superficial scratches; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. The story of Newnes and the Wolgan Valley railway began in 1905 when a London based company initiated ambitious plans to exploit the oil shale reserves in the Blue Mountains. The massive monetary investment in the project by English capitalists was a reflection of the global, economic and political climate of the time. The scheme envisaged for Newnes was probably the largest and most ambitious in Australia until that date. Those behind the project were people of high academic, financial and social position and it appears that even though their judgement was, in hindsight, to prove wrong, their initial proposals had solid foundations and justifications.
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$100
213761
Knowles, J.W.
Lonely Rails in the Gulf Country
The author, Brisbane, 1983.
Octavo paperback; 76pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear; mild scattered spotting to cover versos; rubbed covers and slight wear to edges. Very good.
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$20
65915
Langdon, Mark
Conquering the Blue Mountains
Eveleigh Press, Matraville NSW, 2006.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpapers; 147pp., monochrome plates and a folding map. Minor wear only; near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The first railway in New South Wales was opened in September 1855 between Sydney and Parramatta with the intention that it would be extended to Goulburn in the south and across the Blue Mountains to Bathurst in the west. The mountains had seemed an impenetrable barrier and initial reactions were that the building of a line was impracticable. Surveys however identified a suitable route and in 1863 work commenced. The author documents the planning and construction, the many difficulties encountered and the innovative solutions effected. The book includes many photographs of trains, locations and the personalities involved.
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$50
204208
McCarthy, K.
The Corrimal Colliery Railway Light Railways Number 60, April 1978
The Light Railway Research Society of Australia, Upper Ferntree Gully Qld., 1978.
Octavo; stapled booklet; 44pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; covers lightly rubbed; text block edges lightly spotted. Very good.
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$15
204206
McCarthy, K.
Gazetteer of Industrial Steam Locomotives Illawarra District N.S.W.
Australian Railway Historical Society (NSW Division), St. James NSW, 1983.
Octavo; paperback; unpaginated (pp.), with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; covers rubbed and spine lightly sunned; top corner of the back cover torn away; mild spotting to the text block edges and preliminaries. Very good.
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$20
207513
McDonald, Keith
Steel and Rails in Newcastle
Light Railway Research Society of Australia, Surrey Hills Melbourne Vic., 1981.
Quarto; paperback; 118pp., with maps, diagrams and many monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; covers well rubbed and scuffed. Else very good.
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$25
70861
Oakes, John
Sydney's Forgotten Goods Railways Botany-Darling Harbour - Rozelle- Enfield- Abattoirs - Chullora
Australian Railway Historical Society, 2001.
Royal octavo paperback, 112pp., colour & monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only; near fine.
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$17
213770
Paull, Malcolm
Glenreagh to Dorrigo Branch Railway
Australian Railway Historical Society, NSW Division, 1988.
Quarto paperback; 72pp., b&w illustrations, maps and charts. Mild toning to upper text block edge. Near fine otherwise.
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$18
207512
Pollard, Neville
The Story of the Sydenham to Botany Railway Offal, Oil and Overseas Tade
Australian Railway Historical Society - New South Wales Division, St. James NSW, 1988.
Quarto; paperback; 56pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; covers rubbed and spotted. Very good.
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$20
90369
Preston, R.G.
125 Years of the Sydney to Parramatta Railway
NSW Rail Transport Museum, Burwood NSW, nd. (c.1980)
Octavo; paperback; 152pp., with endpaper maps and many monochrome maps, diagrams and illustrations. Minor wear; slightly rolled; faint spotting to upper text block edge; wear to edges with a few scrapes. Very good.
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$18
207515
Preston, R.G.
The Great Northern Railway Newcastle to Maitland, 1857-1982
The New South Wales Rail Transport Museum, Burwood NSW, 1982.
Quarto; paperback; 112pp., with many monochrome and full colour illustrations. Mild wear; covers rubbed and edgeworn, scraping along spine panel edges. Errata docket taped to front cover verso. Very good.
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$45
90699
Preston, Ron
An Era in Steam On the Railways of New South Wales
Orion Fine Arts, Strathfield, NSW, Australia, 2001.
Landscape quarto; paperback; 112pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only; near fine.
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$30
90698
Preston, Ron
On Southern Lines The Railways of New South Wales - In Steam
Orion Fine Arts, Strathfield, NSW, Australia, 2001.
Landscape quarto; paperback; 80pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only; near fine.
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$25
206789
[Silverton Tramway Company]
Silverton end of the line
Railmac Publications, Elizabeth SA, 1986.
Octavo; paperback, stapled booklet; 28pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; covers lightly rubbed; previous owner's ink stamp to the first page; an old price sticker to the inside back cover. Very good.
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$15
63154
Stark, R. John
The Return of Steam Locomotive C17, N0. 45
The Degener Timms Publications, Gympie Qld., 2000.
Quarto hardcover, 120pp., with colour and monochrome plates. Near fine copy in like dustwrapper. For three years locomotive No. 45 sat on the Gympie Railway Workshops No.9 Outer Loop Line, then she was stripped of all brass and working parts and placed in a park for sixteen years. After her rescue and removal to the Gympie & District Historical Society Inc. it was considered 'nigh to impossible' to restore. The story shows how eight men over a period of five years and two days accomplished the impossible.
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$35
213704
Various
Byways of Steam 2 Mainly on the Railways of New South Wales in the 1960s
Eveleigh Press, Matraville, 1991.
Quarto; paperback; 108pp., diagrams and many black & white illustrations. Minor edgewear to covers. Otherwise very good.
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$20
90376
Ward, Andrew (Rennie Ellis, illus.)
Railway Stations of Australia
Macmillan Company of Australia Pty. Ltd., Artarmon NSW, 1982.
Quarto; hardcover, with decorated endpapers; 86pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; light softening to the spine extremities; random spotting to the preliminaries; previous owner's ink inscription to the verso of the flyleaf. Mild edgewear and spotting to the dustwrapper (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good. The fantastic and practical, the extravagant and economical, the classical and neo-Gothic, the grandiose and the purely functional are among the railway stations recorded here. In its day the refreshment stops were eagerly anticipated not only for want of sustenance offered but for the opportunity to punctuate the journey. There would be a rush to the refreshment counter, or a drink at the bar; one could walk up front to the locomotive, sweating steam from every joint and glinting with the recent application of oil on the running gear; feel the heat and listen to the beat of the compressor or catch a glimpse of the activity on the footplate. The romance of rail travel is with us yet though largely eclipsed by other forms of transport. Today the steam engine has been pensioned off, the branch line motors, the mixed trains and the roadside freights have mostly run their last trips in revenue service and the remaining passenger services corner a small share of the travel market. The picturesque backwaters of the system have been pruned and many stations reduced to the status of unattended halts. Weeds proliferate amongst the ruins where locomotives were watered and made ready for the road. The doors of countless goods-sheds are locked fast and pigeons roost where we once waited, not so long ago, for 'the pass'. The last surviving element of the transport scene are the stations in their erstwhile magnificence and comfort; their fading wallpapers and elegant fire surrounds, the waiting room appointments and the carved timber refreshment room bars. This book captures them all - from the resort stations, commuter stations, the big city terminals and the unimportant flag stops. Magnificent photography from Rennie Ellis.
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$35
207071
Wilson, Craig
Built by Baldwin The Story of E.M. Baldwin & Sons, Castle Hill, New South Wales
Light Railway Research Society of Australia, Melbourne Vic., 2002.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt upper board and spine titling and illustrated endpapers; 159pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. The family engineering business of E.M.Baldwin & Sons would have seemed a most unlikely potential competitor to Australia's largest manufacturing companies - Clyde Engineering Co. Pty and Commonwealth Engineering (Queensland) - in 1962. Still reflecting its farming origins with large scale egg production, its small general engineering business specialised in custom designed stainless steel food preparation equipment. But in 1962 the firm was approached to build a small canefield locomotive and a year later commenced its pioneering work with flame-proofed rail vehicles. With frequent visits to potential and established customers to find what they needed, and a work environment that promoted flexibility, over time E.M. Baldwin & Sons became the most innovative and successful builder of diesel industrial railway equipment in Australia, best known for their introduction to the Australian sugar industry of the bogie canefield locomotive. The book tells the story of these engines as well as describing the Company's underground, shunting and fairground locomotives, brake wagons and diverse range of engineering work from stainless steel vessels to broad-acre agricultural tractors.
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$75
207571
Wright, Harry, K.T. Groves & M. Morahan (Phil Belbin & Craig Mackey, illus.)
The 60 Class
NSW Rail Transport Museum, Burwood NSW, 1994.
Quarto; hardcover; 226pp., with many monochrome illustrations and a folding schematic. Minor wear; some light scraping to the boards. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$150