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Trains Unlimited in the 21st CenturyTrains Unlimited in the 21st Century
ABC Local Radio's hugely successful podcast series The Great Train Show unearthed thousands of train enthusiasts across the country. Hosted by former deputy PM and renowned train obsessive Tim Fischer, the series covered such topics as the restoration of locomotives, childhood train memories, the importance of rail during wartime, and travel on the Trans-Siberian railway. Trains Unlimited continues this entertaining and illuminating journey along the world's railways. It is about the history, excitement and romance of rail, including the twelve best rail experiences in the world, and it explores the future potential of rail - with unequalled energy efficiencies and strong environmental credentials, Tim makes a compelling case for an even greater role for rail transport in the 21st century and beyond. As wide-ranging, authoritative, fascinating and quirky as the radio program, Trains Unlimited is sure to delight all train enthusiasts and interested general readers alike. All aboard! Paperback, 324 pages. Author: Tim Fischer
Trainland: How Railways Made New ZealandTrainland: How Railways Made New Zealand
Railways have played a central role in New Zealand politics, economics, trade union history, tourism and popular culture. Yet rail history has been largely neglected by professional historians. While the field has long been popular with enthusiasts, they have tended to focus on locomotive and rolling stock minutiae, engineering feats and so on, and have paid little attention to social and cultural aspects. This stunning looking book includes a brief outline of the development of rail in NZ; and looks at who uses the trains and why; daily life on and off the rails; the train in popular culture and the collective memory. Neill Atkinson is a professional historian with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage in Wellington and the depth of his research is matched by the accessibility of his writing. Paperback, 176 pages. Author: Neill Atkinson.
Private Railways in Hawke's BayPrivate Railways in Hawke's Bay
From: New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society. Author: A.C. Bellamy.
New Zealand Passenger Railway Rollingstock Plan Book: Pt. 1New Zealand Passenger Railway Rollingstock Plan Book: Pt. 1
Hardcover, 48 pages. From New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society.
Rails That Built a Nation: An Encyclopedia of New Zealand RailwaysRails That Built a Nation: An Encyclopedia of New Zealand Railways
Paperback, 158 pages. Author: Robin Bromby. Illustrations, maps.
Rimutaka RailwayRimutaka Railway
Photographs, maps, plans
Paperback, 2nd Revised edition. Published by: New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society
South Island Diesel Scene: a Railway PictorialSouth Island Diesel Scene: a Railway Pictorial
65+ illustrations, 21 in colour
32 pages. Author: G.R. Rossiter. Published by: New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society
New Zealand Railway Motive Power 2002New Zealand Railway Motive Power 2002

Paperback, 62 pages.
Author: David Parsons. Published by: New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society
New Zealand Railway Reflections: 1950's AlbumNew Zealand Railway Reflections: 1950's Album

Hardcover, 128 pages, 150 photographs.
Author: Peter J. Mellor. Published by: New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society
Australian Railwayman: From Cadet Engineer to Railways CommissionerAustralian Railwayman: From Cadet Engineer to Railways Commissioner
The story of Ron Fitch who was born in 1910 into a railway family, and began his career as a 16-year-old engineering cadet and completed it, 46 years later, having worked at various times for two state railways and the Commonwealth, as Commissioner of South Australian Railways. In this book, Fitch gives a vivid account not only of a career but of the camaraderie of the greater railway community, often experienced in the most trying of conditions.
Ghost Railways of AustraliaGhost Railways of Australia
All across Australia rusty rails are gradually disappearing from view as the weeds grow and memories of the days when trains ran ther are fading. Contains a rich and important history of the rail lines that were once so crucial in the bush.
Great Australian Railway StoriesGreat Australian Railway Stories Audio CD
Author: Bill Marsh. Publisher: ABC Audio
Great Australian Railway StoriesGreat Australian Railway Stories
Paperback, 352 pages.
Author: Bill Marsh. Publisher: ABC Books
All Aboard: Great Australian Railway StoriesAll Aboard: Great Australian Railway Stories Audio CD
Author: Jim Haynes. Publisher: ABC Audio
3801 - A Legend In Steam3801 - A Legend In Steam Video DVD
In the golden age of steam, 3801 was a triumph in design, construction and performance. The Pacific Class 38s were among the finest examples of steam locomotives to come out of Australian workshops. Now, from the personal archives of cameraman and steam fan Jim Powe, this DVD presents the great events that made the 3801 a legend, includuing: The famous record-breaking speed run from Sydney to Newcastle. The first unbroken steam run from Sydney to Melbourne. The incredible across-Australia-to-Perth run in 1970. The overhaul of the 3801 in 1986.
 Steam Trains Of Australia And Tracks & Trains of AustSteam Trains Of Australia And Tracks & Trains of Aust Video DVD
The special aura and excitement of the steam age will always be remembered. For a long time the sound of a steam train whistle was one of the most romantic sounds heard in cities, towns and bush areas across Australia. Because of its vast distances and great emptiness, Australia had a special need for railways, and it was an important part of life. Steam Trains of Australia looks at the last days of steam, and the efforts of preserve trains and tracks. This DVD provides a rare and fascinating perspective on a rich slice of Australian life.
 Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness RailwayTasmania's West Coast Wilderness Railway Video DVD
Take a trip back in time to where men slaved through mud, rain and treacherous landscapes to forge a link between the mining town of Queenstown and the port of Strahan along Tasmanias rugged West Coast. This fascinating documentary is the incredible story of the railways resurrection following its closure in 1963. Enjoyed today by tourists from around the world, the story of the railways rebirth in 2002 is as amazing as its original construction.
Railway Age in AustraliaRailway Age in Australia
Hardcover, 256 pages. Brimming with local anecdotes and colourful stories, this book is a historical document that brings together the old and the new. It gives a broad picture of the railway at its peak and covers the latest developments in rail travel across the nation.
The Railway Dictionary: Worldwide Railway Facts and TerminologyThe Railway Dictionary: Worldwide Railway Facts and Terminology
International in scope and covering all aspects of railway terminology, past and present. Fully revised since its previous publication in 2000, "The Railway Dictionary" is an authoritative, wide-ranging reference work to guide both enthusiast and professional through the often specialist language that has developed during the long history of railways. International in scope, the dictionary covers all aspects of railway terminology, past and present. It defines terms specific to both railways and tramways and includes proper names of trains, lines, companies, periodicals and manufacturers, as well as clarifying a profusion of abbreviations. The dictionary also interprets in a clear and concise manner many foreign words and phrases, and the slang used by professionals and amateurs alike. Several hundred new entries have been added to this fourth edition, and many entries have been revised to take account of new terminology and developments in the railway industry.
Hardcover, 404 pages. Author: Alan Arthur Jackson
Electric Railway DictionaryElectric Railway Dictionary
If you are a fan of trolley cars, interurban streetcars and electric railroading, then The Electric Railway Dictionary is a book you need to have on your shelf! This historic text is far more than just a dictionary, although it does contain over sixty pages of definitions of terms. Most of this nearly 400-page book however, is devoted to cataloging various types of trolley cars and electric locomotives, their components, and related hardware. Hundreds of illustrations, including car plans and photographs, make this book indispensable for the railfan, modeler and museum docent. This high-quality reproduction even includes all of the original ads in the back.
Paperback, 416 pages. Author: Rodney Hitt
Practical Garden RailwaysPractical Garden Railways
Have you always wanted to run your own railway? Does your indoor model railway leave you with a desire to fill your nostrils with the smell of steam and hot oil on a winter's morning? If the answer to any of these questions is 'yes' then you probably need to build yourself a garden railway, and you certainly need to read this book! Peter Jones is one of the best-known names in the world of garden railways. In this highly illustrated book he guides you through the exciting world of model trains in your garden, from small-scale electric-powered locomotives to live-steam engines capable of carrying passengers, helping the reader to decide on what type of railway would be right, and passing on countless tips for the successful execution of the grand project. Author: Peter Jones. Hardcover, 224 pages.
Garden Railways: The Essential Guide to ConstructionGarden Railways: The Essential Guide to Construction
Author: Chris Hatton. Paperback, 960 pages. Approx 100 illustrations.
Building Simple Model Steam Engines: v. 2Building Simple Model Steam Engines: v. 2
Author: Tubal Cain. Paperback, 128 pages. A guide to building simple oscillating steam engine models. It describes the making of four such models: 'Kitty', a small overtype engine; 'Otto', a simple steam turbine plant; 'Wencelas', a superior Christmas present; and 'Henry' a 19th-century vertical engine and boiler.
Making Simple Model Steam EnginesMaking Simple Model Steam Engines
Author: Stan Bray. Hardcover, 192 pages. Stan Bray describes the construction of a range of uncomplicated miniature steam engines, for construction by the model engineer. Single-acting oscillator to more sophisticated twin-cylinder double-acting engines are described as well as the construction of a range of boilers. The final project brings together engine and boiler into a simple steam railway locomotive. Full drawings in both metric and imperial formats are included. Every project in this book can be completed with a minimum of workshop tools, and they are a perfect way into model engineering for the uninitiated, and the ideal relaxation for the more experienced engineer.
How Steam Locomotives Really WorkHow Steam Locomotives Really Work
Following the pioneering work of Trevithick, Stephenson, and many others, steam locomotives continued to evolve and be refined until overtaken by diesel and electric traction technology. Although the last main-line steam service was operated by British Rail in 1968, there is still immense interest in steam traction, as demonstrated by the increasing numbers of privately renovated and preserved locomotives and heritage railways around the world. In How Steam Locomotives Really Work, the authors, both railway experts, cover the design of locomotives, the many processes in the conversion of fuel to tractive effort, the dynamic characteristics of the locomotive as a vehicle, the braking equipment, and a host of other systems, major and minor, that make up a working locomotive. They also explain the reasons for running and maintenance practices. Their explanations will fascinate enthusiasts, whether practical or armchair. Steam locomotive design may have started in the United Kingdom, but it quickly developed parallel and sometimes diverging techniques in other countries, leading to many distinct developments that contribute to the national characteristics of some locomotives. The authors embrace this diversity, and railway enthusiasts from around the world will find this book engrossing and enlightening.
Miniature RailwaysMiniature Railways
For over 125 years miniature railways have been a familiar feature of many seaside resorts, country estates and private gardens. This book looks at the myriad different types of miniature railways in Britain, ranging from simple tracks in suburban back gardens to extravagant layouts at stately homes and the 13 3/4 mile express passenger route on Romney Marsh in Kent. Track construction, locomotives, rolling stock and operating systems are described, with examples from the past and the present day. Often eccentric, usually a little whimsical and always small enough for children to relate to them, miniature railways are an expression of the playful instinct in mankind. This little book conveys a sense of fun that the author has enjoyed when building, operating and riding on miniature railways.
Tiny Trains: A Guide to Britain's Miniature Railways: 2007/2008Tiny Trains: A Guide to Britain's Miniature Railways: 2007/2008
Following the great success of our guides covering Standard and Narrow Gauge Railways throughout Britain, we are publishing this new guide which focuses on Miniature Railways with a gauge of 7 and a quarter inches or less. With detailed directions, opening times and news about steam working (where applicable) combined with photographs and a wealth of other information, this is an essential buy not only for railway enthusiasts but for anyone looking for a good day out - especially with children.
Little Puffers: A Guide to Britain's Narrow Gauge Railways: 2007/2008Little Puffers: A Guide to Britain's Narrow Gauge Railways: 2007/2008
The updated 3rd edition of this glove compartment guide to Narrow Gauge Railways throughout Britain now covers even more locations. With detailed directions, opening times and news about steam working (where applicable) combined with photographs and a wealth of other information, this is an essential buy not only for railway enthusiasts but for anyone looking for a good day out - especially with children.
Railway BlundersRailway Blunders
Two hundred years of railway development has brought assorted designs, structures and schemes that have ultimately proved to be a disaster. In the early years of railway history, many of these blunders arose from the ignorance of those dealing with new technology. Later, many of the promoters and engineers were tainted by another Victorian trait, over confidence and, as so often is the case, pride led to failure. We can see an example of this in the case of the first Tay railway bridge, where the prominent engineer Thomas Bouch (who was knighted for his efforts) saw his famous bridge destroyed. Depending on one's point of view, It was a result of poor materials, weak design or adverse climatic condition (or possibly a combination of all three). More recently, construction of the Heathrow Express was delayed by collapse, when the revolutionary tunneling method adopted proved inadequate. In between, there have been countless stories of engineers failing to design locomotives capable of operating over their companies' lines, or of structures completed for no commercial gain. In this publication the author looks at the errors within various themes across the whole history of railways, from the earliest days, where politics rather than engineering determined much of the country's railway development, through to the 21st century where the situation is arguably much the same. Locomotives, organisation, structures, politics and much more all falls under his acerbic analysis and, as a former professional railwayman, the author has been ideally placed to put into print the frustrations of those who had to try and make the railways function despite these blunders.
Hardcover, 160 pages, 180 b&w photos, line drawings. Author: Adrian Vaughan
Red for Danger: The Classic History of British Railway DisastersRed for Danger: The Classic History of British Railway Disasters
Railway disasters are almost always the result of human fallibility - a single mistake by an engine-driver, guard or signalman, or some lack of communication between them - and it is in the short distance between the trivial error and its terrible consequence that the drama of the railway accident lies. First published in 1955, and the result of Rolt's careful investigation and study of the verbatim reports and findings by HM Inspectorate of Railways, this book was the first work to record the history of railway disasters, and it remains the classic account. It covers every major accident on British railways between 1840 and 1957 which resulted in a change in railway working practice, and reveals the evolution of safety devices and methods which came to make the British railway carriage one of the safest modes of transport in the world.
4ft 8 1/2 and All That: A Sort of Railway History4ft 8 1/2 and All That: A Sort of Railway History
Taking an irreverent look at railway history, "4ft 8 1/2 and All That: A Sort of Railway History" is a humorous portrayal of the origins of Britain's railway network culminating in an A-Z glossary, which includes such entries as 'N - Numbering. Oh, now for it. This superfluous practice was invented by a certain Mr Allan who was a numismological wizard - and a great benefactor.' Illustrated throughout with line drawings and cartoons, "4ft 8 1/2 and All That: A Sort of Railway History" is an antidote to all those highly detailed histories that identify, sleeper by sleeper, the intricacies of operation of some obscure industrial line in the Outer Hebrides.
Hardcover, 68 pages. Author: W. Mills
Industrial Narrow Gauge Railways (Shire album)Industrial Narrow Gauge Railways (Shire album)
Paperback, 32 pages, illustrations. Author: Ian Dean
The Life of George Stephenson and of His Son Robert Stephenson: Comprising Also a History of the Invention and Introduction of the Railway LocomotiveThe Life of George Stephenson and of His Son Robert Stephenson: Comprising Also a History of the Invention and Introduction of the Railway Locomotive
Hardcover, 516 pages.
Lives of the Engineers - Boulton and Watt - The Steam Engine and TransportLives of the Engineers - Boulton and Watt - The Steam Engine and Transport
Paperback, 504 pages. Author: Samuel Smiles.
An Illustrated History of the Festiniog RailwayAn Illustrated History of the Festiniog Railway
Hardcover, 128 pages.
The Grand Experiment: The Birth of the Railway Age 1820 - 1845The Grand Experiment: The Birth of the Railway Age 1820 - 1845
Hardcover, 288 pages.
Van Horne's Road: The Building of the Canadian Pacific RailwayVan Horne's Road: The Building of the Canadian Pacific Railway
'William Cornelius Van Horne and the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway'. For armchair railroaders, historians, students - anyone fascinated by Canadian history - Van Horne's Road is a pictorial history of the railroad that forged a nation. Widely hailed as one of the most informative and important histories of the construction and first years of operation of the Canadian Pacific transcontinental railway, this vibrant new edition of 'Van Horne's Road' has been reformatted and redesigned for a new generation of readers and as a permanent tribute to the people responsible for the building of what has been called Canada's 'National Highway'.
Northern Pacific Railway Photo ArchiveNorthern Pacific Railway Photo Archive
The Northern Pacific was always a progressive leader in railroading, and was the first to offer sleeping and dining car service from St. Paul to the Pacific Northwest. Covering the 30s through the '60s, this book's outstanding vintage photography highlights the North Coast Limited (the finest passenger train in North America), the faster Vista-Dome passenger trains, NP's team and diesel locomotives, and NP's Freight cars, Maintenance-of-way and Cabooses.
History of the Union Pacific RailwayHistory of the Union Pacific Railway
Author: Henry Kirke White. Hardcover, 164 pages.
The Virginian RailwayThe Virginian Railway
The Virginian Railway existed as a separate entity for only a half century, but that period of American history witnessed two world wars and the emergence of the United States as a global superpower. Henry Huddleston Rogers, who marshaled the development of the U.S. oil industry through his leadership of Standard Oil, invested $30 million of his personal wealth into the making of the Virginian. He speculated that south-central West Virginia coal would fuel Americas Industrial Revolution. Although Rogers died before his railroading dream could realize its full potential, the Virginian Railway continued on from 1909 until its merger in 1959 with the Norfolk and Western Railway (now Norfolk Southern). During that time, the Virginian grew to a point that it was originating from 1,200 to 1,500 hundred-ton carloads of coal per day and serving 60 active coal mines. It earned a reputation for power, service, and efficiency that placed it among the great railroads of America.
By Train to Shanghai: A Journey on the Trans-Siberian RailwayBy Train to Shanghai A Journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway
This is a compelling narrative of a long train journey and an illuminating insight from the shadows of the past, descending from the mountains, the unbroken silence of the forest, intertwined with the people who shaped historical events along the route. From the former Tsarist Russian capital of St. Petersburg, this 10,000 kilometre railway odyssey terminates in the great metropolis of Shanghai. Allowing for stop-overs in Moscow and Irkutsk, this journey will take me along the world's longest railway line, itself an extraordinary achievement by the thousands of men who carved this track through a hostile environment, using only the technology of the 19th century. Things may come and things may go, but the Trans-Siberian rolls on forever. After the endless Siberian taiga, the journey continues along the majestic southernmost shore of Lake Baikal, the blue eye of Siberia to Ulaan Baatar, capital of Mongolia. Then through the wilderness of the Gobi Desert and up to the Great Wall of China at Beijing. From the current Chinese capital, it is then on to Xi'an, the ancient capital to see Emperor Qin's mighty terracotta army, before finally reaching Shanghai. Paperback, 284 pages. Author: William J. Gingles.

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