A 255 pages book by Tim Fischer. Published in Oct. 2018.
In ‘Steam Australia’, Tim Fischer takes readers into the fascinating story of steam transportation over ten vital decades of transformation in Australia’s history.
The book also covers the great named express trains hauled by steam locomotives over the decades, such as ‘Puffing Billy’, Robert Gordon Menzies or ‘The Ghan’. Special topics feature things such as Albury’s ‘break of gauge’ platform (where two state track systems met), the Amiens branch line (running through Pozieres and Passchendaele stations in Queensland), some important characters such as C.Y. O’Connor and many more.
The book is illustrated with over 300 exciting images from the superb National Library John Buckland collection of photography, many never seen before.
Steam locomotives continue to operate as a key part of rail heritage tourism in Australia, demonstrating the ongoing legacy of these engines. The great age of steam in Australia and Fischer’s salute to steam locomotion and all that it has achieved for this country is fascinating and captivating to both train novices and enthusiasts alike.