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Australia's railways are as diverse and fascinating as the country itself, providing as they do a fascinating array of operations, type and gauges relative to its small population base. Much of Australia's railway action takes place along its populated coastal strips, around the major coal-producing areas and on the corridors linking its major state capitals. In the major cities conventional suburban electric trains packed with commuters mingle with mile long freight trains. These contrast starkly with the giant iron ore trains operating in the remote Western Australian outback - the heaviest and longest trains in the world that serve the remote iron ore mines of Western Australia. At the other end of the spectrum a vast network of dinky 2-foot gauge railways moves up to 30 million tonnes a year of sugar cane to the mills. Despite the sparse population of the outback, rail lines cross the continent from north to south and from east to west with stainless steel streamlined passenger trains still providing long-distance tourist services such as The Ghan and The Indian Pacific.
It is now some forty years since the term `Second Generation EMU' entered rail industry parlance. The British Rail (BR) Class 313 heralded a new era back in 1976/77 with BR's first order of suburban passenger trains with both a pantograph (for 25Kv AC) and shoegear (for 750V DC `third rail'). These units continue to see daily service both on north of London commuter services and on Sussex's Coastway services. Since those early days, over forty classes of EMU have entered traffic throughout what is now, of course, a privatised railway. More and more operators are able to opt for their use over DMUs as more of the country benefits from installation of an electrified railway. This book offers a look at all the classes found in the UK, as well as a look at the country's electrified lines.
The steam locomotive, `the most potent symbol of nineteenth-century civilisation', is perhaps the image that best sums up the Victorian and Edwardian period. The year of Victoria's coronation saw the completion of the first links in the iron chain that made up the West Coast Mainline - the opening of the first section of the Great Western Railway. By the time of her death sixty-three years later, not only had the railways spread to every corner of Britain, but across the globe. The travelling public were first both entranced and terrified of the new means of transportation, with many dire predictions about boiler explosions and suffocation in Brunel's box tunnel. This fascination with railways, coupled with the growth of photography, meant that the railways became subjects for the photographer's art, and, thanks to cheap printing later in the century, an excellent means of publicity through sets of collectable postcards issued by the likes of the London & North Western or Great Central. These images not only showed technological improvements on their lines, but prospective destinations for the traveller. Here, Anthony Dawson presents Victorian and Edwardian photographs and postcards showing the Victorian railway at home and abroad, in all its splendour, with locomotives, carriages, stations and destinations giving a flavour of what it was like to travel while Queen Victoria reigned.
At one time, it seemed as though every canyon and pass leading into Colorado's high country was a path laid of 3-foot gauge narrow gauge railroad. Dreams of tapping the riches of mining discoveries in mountain locations made this statement almost true. But mining can be a fleeting adventure, and as the state matured, so too did the railroads that crisscrossed it. Many railways succumbed to disappearing tonnage, becoming trackless trails among the mountainsides. But on many routes, the railroads of Colorado have flourished and provide necessary transportation avenues for a modern economy. In addition, tucked away in several corners of the state are remnants of Colorado's narrow gauge past, still steam-powered and now lively to the tune of tourist dollars. Popular state slogan `Colorful Colorado' simply describes this incredible place, and is assuredly most apropos while viewing the wonders of railroading in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of the West.
The rapid disappearance of steam from British Railways in the late 1960s was a bitter blow for the thousands of railway enthusiasts who had been brought up with the sounds, smells and sheer excitement of steam power. The industrial railways of Britain continued to provide a smaller scale outlet for some, but for those intent on experiencing main line steam it was necessary to make a short trip to the Continent where steam persisted throughout much of the 70s and even into the 80s. With a wealth of wonderful, previously unpublished photographs from countries including Spain, Portugal, Germany and more, this is a superb look back on a decade of European steam power.
To many, the narrow gauge belongs entirely to the past; to others it runs a poor second to the glamour and action of main line standard gauge steam. To such critics - and main gauge enthusiasts alike - this book is dedicated. The narrow gauge has never died, even after the Lynton & Barnstaple, Leeh & Manifold and others had closed, there was the industrial narrow gauge. Then came preservation. Then much of the industrial motive power was used to create a new narrow gauge era still in the process of evolving in stately homes and gardens, and along, even, the track beds of former standard gauge lines. The narrow gauge phoenix has risen again. This book was originally published in hardback in 1980 by one of Britain's foremost transport publishers and is now available for the first time in paperback. It has been freshly designed but will seek to retain the author's original text and illustrations.
The Hall class 4-6-0, itself being a development of the celebrated Saint class, represents the precursor of thousands of mixed traffic 4-6-0 engines that were built for British railways and were the breadwinners for all types of work and conditions. The 328 examples of both variants powered Britain through the Second World War, as well as providing the bulk of the revenue earning services on both the GWR and BR. We are fortunate that both Halls and Modified Halls survived into preservation and their proud story continues with an assured future on many heritage lines.
Continuing on from his volumes focusing on the British Rail mainline, Charlie Verrall delves into his archives again to showcase some of his images documenting steam workings in British industry in the 1950s and 1960s. With visits to a number of different industrial railways, including those attached to steelworks, collieries and ironstone mines, the author is able to tell the story of steam at work during this fascinating period where it continued to thrive despite coming under threat on the mainline.
We think of the Stephensons and Brunel as the fathers of the railways, and their Liverpool and Manchester and Great Western Railways as the prototypes of the modern systems. But who were the railways' grandfathers and great grandfathers? For the rapid evolution of the railways after 1830 depended to a considerable degree upon the Stephensons, Brunel and their contemporaries being able to draw upon centuries of experience of using and developing railways, and of harnessing the power of steam? Giants the Stephensons and others may have been, but they stood upon the shoulders of many other considerable - if lesser known - talents. This book is their story.