Books from other publishers

As well as publishing its own books, the LRRSA also sells a small range of carefully selected books from other publishers in Australia and overseas.

Details of books currently available are described below.

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Iron Roads in the Outback

The Legendary Commonwealth Railways

by Nick Anchen

Published 2017 by Sierra Publishing

208 pages, 282x224mm hard cover in landscape format, with 230 colour and B&W photos

The new book is another of Nick Anchen's wonderful works. Sub-titled The Legendary Commonwealth Railways the book covers the three "outback" Commonwealth Railways lines - the Trans-Australian, the Central Australia and the Northern Australia Railway.

Although a book on these railways would not normally be considered to be part of the LRRSA sales list, this book has a substantial portion dedicated to the two narrow gauge lines, which as we all know, were quirky enough to be almost considered as light railways.

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$A69.95 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $62.00 plus postage]

(Weight 1.28 Kg)


ARE Magazine Autumn/Winter 2017 Bundle

Published by the Association of Railway Enthusiasts

32 and 48 pages respectively

This pair of the quarterly magazines published by the Association of Railway Enthusiasts includes a two-part article titled "In Search of Mocanita", describing a tour of the narrow gauge Railways of Romania. The author, Alan Williams, gave a presentation on this subject at a Melbourne entertainment meeting of the LRRSA. Alan is an accomplished photographer, and the many photographs certainly bring the tour to life.

The Winter 2017 issue also has another article of interest to LRRSA members: a lengthy article on the South Maitland Railways during the late 1960s and 1970s. This article is mostly photographs (and mostly superb photographs), taken by some of the better known photographers of the late steam era in Australia.

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$A9.95 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $9.00 plus postage]

(Weight 330 gm)


Shale & Shays

The Fight for Shale Oil from the Wolgan Valley

By Mark Langdon

Published by Eveleigh Press

300 pages, 279mm x 215mm, Many photos, most are black and white, but a number of available colour images have been used. Some of these images had been hand-coloured by the original photographer.

Mark Langdon, an upper Blue Mountains resident and trained historian, presents a fresh look at the exhilarating shale-oil mining days of 1906 – 1932 in the Wolgan Valley in New South Wales. Researched from existing company and government documentation and newspaper reports of the day, the book begins with the story of the Commonwealth Oil Corporation’s (C.O.C.) inception, financed and run from the London offices, continues through the building of the works at Newnes and the railway to Newnes Junction, and rounds out with the final days in the 1930s, when the fate of Newnes resided in the hands of the Commonwealth Government and National Oil Pty Ltd. The work includes the decline of the C.O.C. and John Fell’s becoming the owner. The problems faced are covered in detail, as is the lives of the miners and residents living in the valley.

Special attention has been given to the railway – locomotives and rolling stock – including exhaustive research detailing the building and use of the railway that carried the precious shale and oil to the main N.S.W.G.R. Western Line at Newnes Junction and then on to Torbane in the west and to the Sydney export seaboard. Each vehicle type built specifically for and purchased by the C.O.C. is covered, with a history and photos and a scale drawing of each vehicle type included. The work is rounded out with superb maps and a Phil Belbin painting.

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$A78.00 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $70.20 plus postage]

(Weight 1,400 gm)


Puffing Billy
Spirit of the Dandenongs

Updated (Third) Edition

By Nick Anchen. published by Sierra Publishing

108 pages, 235 x 173 mm, card cover, 175 photographs, almost all in colour.

A newly revised and updated (3rd) edition of this book, which is a general introduction to the Upper Ferntree Gully - Gembrook narrow gauge railway. The book includes a potted history of the railway, a description of the line, and what is to be seen on the trip, a day in the life of an engine crew, flora and fauna of the Dandenong Ranges, details of the locomotives and rolling stock, including the three non-steam locomotives, and the goods vehicles, workshop operations, and special trains.

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$A36.00 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $32.40 plus postage]

(Weight 325 gm)


Climax - a loco resurrected

Third edition, published 2017 by Puffing Billy Preservation Society

39 photographs, 24 in colour and the rest duo-tone, and a four-colour map of the Tyers Valley Tramway.

The second edition of this book was released in conjunction with the return to service on 8th September 2013 of ex-Tyers Valley Climax 1694, after a 12-year restoration/rebuild, at the Puffing Billy Workshops. The book has now been updated to include details of the activities of Climax 1694 in the four years since its return to traffic, and more details of the work done to the locomotive during the restoration.

Includes a potted history of the locomotive, the Tyers Valley Tramway on which it worked, illustrations of the loco in service on the TVT and PBR, photographs of the Harman locomotive being delivered from Port Melbourne, and photographs of a TVT TACL tractor, with which the Climax worked. Whilst the Harman photographs have been published before, they have never been published with this degree of clarity!

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$A10.00 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $9.00 plus postage]

(Weight 160 gm)


Clydes among the Cane

Fiji's sugar railway on Viti Levu in the twenty-first century

Published 2010 by Eveleigh Press

by Ian A Dunn

64 pages A4 size landscape format, soft cover, 60 full page colour photographs

Australia’s sugar giant, CSR, had a far-flung outpost in the blue Pacific, where it built over 400km of cane tramway and ran several large mills. CSR’s cane railway on Fiji survives today on the islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, under new ownership. It provides a fascinating window onto the Australian cane tramway of the 1960s, set in a tropical paradise.

Motive power is mainly diesel-hydraulic 0-6-0s from Clyde Engineering in Sydney and operating practices mirror those of Queensland four decades ago.

This all-colour album showcases the Clyde diesels amongst the cane fields and forests of Fiji between 2005 and 2009.

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$A20.00 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $18.00 plus postage]

(Weight 315 gm)


Locomotive Enginemen of Tasmania

Published 2016 by Sierra Publishing

by Nick Anchen

184 pages, hard cover, landscape format 265mm x 205mm, 139 colour photographs

Subtitled "A Photographic Biography", this book features stories from nine Tasmanian enginemen who worked all manner of trains throughout the state from the 1940s to the 1980s.

Stories cover Hobart suburbans, FIngal coal trains, the Tasman Limited, the Garratts of the Emu Bay Railway and the Mount Lyell Rack. Most of the fine photographs are previously unpublished, and although more than half of the book covers the Tasmanian Government Railways, the 3'6" gauge state carrier, the quirkiness of the TGR fits the remit of the LRRSA, and of course the Emu Bay and the Mt Lyell are very much part of our core interest.

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$A49.95 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $44.95 plus postage]

(Weight 960 gm)


Amusement Railways of Australia

Published 2015 by Transit Australia Publishing

by Jim Longworth

Soft cover, 224 A4 pages, 450 photographs (335 in colour), 59 maps and "23 assorted illustrations".

A survey of over 150 years of miniature railways in the Australian amusement industry.

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$A64.95 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $58.45 plus postage]

(Weight 950 gm)


Railways of the Ovens and King

Published 2015 by Sierra Publishing, Melbourne

by Nick Anchen

148 pages, measuring 285mm (W) x 225mm (H), casebound in glossy boards, 159 photographs, mostly in colour, line diagrams and gradient profiles.

This book is primarily a pictorial history of the railways to Beechworth/Yackandandah, Bright and the narrow gauge line to Whitfield. Supporting text places the images into an historical context. Images cover the lifespan of the lines as well as more recent photographs post-closure. Many of the images have not been previously published. Design and production are up to Sierra’s usual high standard.

Whilst naturally the broad gauge Victorian Railways branches consume the majority of the pages, there are 30 or so pages dedicated to the VR narrow gauge Whitfield branch, with many previously unseen photographs.

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$A55.00 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $49.50 plus postage]

(Weight 1440 gm)


Saving Puffing Billy

The first decade 1955-1965

Published 2015 by Puffing Billy Preservation Society

Edited by David Burke OAM

Hard cover, 200+ pages, 220 mm x 268 mm, 300+ photographs, mostly in colour

This book is a fascinating story of public sentiment for the narrow gauge railway to Gembrook giving rise to the formation of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society in 1955, and the saga of rescuing the line from imminent scrapping; the restoration phase; the reopenings to Menzies Creek in 1962 and to Emerald in 1965 - all within the Society's first decade, 1955-1965.

The book is based on extensive research and writing by PBPS member Bill Russell, enhanced by numerous interviews with a representative number of long-standing Society members.

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$A59.95 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $53.95 plus postage]

(Weight 1150 gm)


Anatomy of a Narrow Gauge Baldwin

Published 2015 by Camden Miniature Steam Services

By Peter Manning with Historical Record by Nicholas Burman

90 pages, A4 size landscape format, card cover spiral bound

This is the third of Peter Manning's "Anatomy" series, and in the same format as its predecessors. The book covers 100 years of the history of a tiny mixed traffic locomotive working its long life hauling passengers, sugar, limestone and cement on the narrow (60cm gauge) lines in Brazil.

A single locomotive built be Baldwin Locomotive Waorks in 1911, Baldwin No. 37399 was constructed for the Cantareira Tramway in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The book includes 150 of Peter Manning's usual superb drawings of this locomotive, plus 20 photographs of the prototype. There are numerous sub-assembly diagrams from various aspects, shown in both complete form, and as cut-aways showing the interior workings. Nicholas Burman has supplied details of the the history of this little locomotive, which worked for three different railroads over the course of its life.

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$A60.00 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $54.00 plus postage]

(Weight 770 gm)


Salute to the Hudswells

Published 2014 by The Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society

By Ian Stocks, David Mewes and John Browning

144 pages, soft cover, A4 size, many photographs and scale drawings

Salute to the Hudswells outlines the history of the 41 Hudswell Clarke locomotives that operated on Colonial Sugar Refining’s 2ft gauge cane railways in Queensland and Fiji. Generously illustrated with photographs and scale drawings this professional publication includes details of the development of the cane railway systems and of the locomotives that survive in preservation.

Launched in October 2014, reviews have been positive for the second Hudswell book by the same team that produced Last of the Hudswells

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$A35.00 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $31.50 plus postage]

(Weight 525 gm)


Rail Centre Colac

By Norm Houghton

Published 2014 by the author

262 pages, soft cover, A4 size, many photographs and illustrations

This book contains an illustrated history of all stations and sidings which have existed in the Colac Otway Shire of Victoria, from Cressy in the north to Crowes in the south, Pirron Yallock in the west, and Dean Marsh in the east. It includes the Alvie line and the Forrest line. The book is profusely illustrated with photographs and diagrams.

The book is digitally printed, and the photographs are well reproduced within the limitations of the printing process

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$A63.50 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $57.15 plus postage]

(Weight 770 gm)


Railways of Tasmania's Wild West

Published 2014 by Sierra Publishing

By Nick Anchen

160 pages, hard cover, landscape format 282mm x 225mm, over 200 photographs, many in colour, many never previously published

Tasmania's wild West Coast contained some of the most fascinating railways and tramways ever constructed in Australia. Built to tap the fabulous mineral wealth of mines such as Mount Bischoff and Mount Lyell, the remarkable engineering feats of these iron roads in the wilderness became the stuff of legend.

Through the intriguing memories of locomotives enginemen, track gangers, 'railway children' and adventurous travellers - complimented by a wonderful collection of photographic images - Railways of Tasmania's Wild West tells the story of life in one of Australia's most enchanting regions.

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$A59.95 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $53.95 plus postage]

(Weight 1,080 gm)


Iron Work Horses

Published 2014 by Eveleigh Press

by Bruce Macdonald

176 pages, A4 size, laminated hard cover, with more than 450 photographs

An overview of Industrial Steam Locomotives in Australia.



This publication gives details of many of the most interesting locomotives in Australian industry, covering locomotives constructed in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. Most pages have two or three B&W photographs, with some in colour.

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$A54.00 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $48.60 plus postage]

(Weight 960 gm)


The Anatomy of:- The Darjeeling Garratt

and the Engine it tried to Replace

By Peter Manning

Published 2013 by the Peter Manning Design & Drafting

64 pages, A4 size landscape format, card cover spiral bound.

In the same format as the popular "The Anatomy of a Garratt", this book covers the history of both the Garratt and the B Class locomotives used on the DHR. The book includes details of the construction of both locomotives and a superb selection of accurate scale drawings mostly in full colour. Drawings on the B Class is shown both as constructed by Sharp, Stewart from 1888 onwards, and as revised by North British in 1914.

Like its predecessor, it contains numerous sub-assembly diagrams from various aspects, shown in both complete form, and as cut-aways showing the interior workings.

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$A39.95 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $35.96 plus postage]

(Weight 350 gm)


Wombat Woodsmen

Sawmills and timber tramways of the Wombat State Forest 1853 to 2008

By Norman Houghton

Published 2013 by the author

Soft cover, 166 pages, 40 maps and diagrams, 161 photographs.

The foundations of large scale commercial sawmilling in Victoria were laid in the Wombat Forest from 1853. This forest was the testing ground for ideas and attitudes to the harvesting, transport and sawing techniques that forged resource management and sawmilling management styles well into the 20th century. The discovery of gold throughout Victoria from 1851 onwards led to the opening of numerous mining sites and the mining centres of central Victoria were to require an enormous supply of timber and the eucalypt trees of the Wombat Forest were ideally placed to supply that need.

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$A47.50 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $42.75 plus postage]

(Weight 520 gm)


Closed 50 Years Ago

The Colac to Beech Forest Narrow Gauge Railway

By Norm Houghton

Published 2012 by the author

84 pages, A4 size card cover, many photographs and illustrations.

The last train ever on the Colac to Beech Forest narrow gauge railway ran on Sunday the 30th of June 1962. This railway was the lifeblood of the West Otways for several decades, enabling farmers and sawmillers to bring economic production to the natural wealth of the region. The many previously unpublished photos bring out the character of this much loved railway

The book is digitally printed, and the photographs are well reproduced within the limitations of the printing process.

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$A25.95 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $23.35 plus postage]

(Weight 200 gm)


Built by Bundaberg Foundry

By John Browning and Brian Webber

Published 2012 by the Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society

80 pages, A4 size card cover, over 160 photographs, mostly in colour, and diagrams and drawings.

Using manufacturer's records and the memories of those who built them and worked on them, this book tells the story of the steam and diesel locomotives produced by this famous Queensland company. Narrow gauge locomotive manufacture began after the Second World War. Bundaberg Fowler steam locomotives were used to haul sugar cane, and Bundaberg Jenbach diesel locomotives were supplied to the sugar and coal mining industries. 35 years later, the Hunslet Engine Company assisted the Foundry to produce new powerful canefield diesels. Subsequently, many ex-government railway locomotives were converted for cane haulage. Subsequently, many ex-government railway locomotives were converted for cane haulage. Many of the steam locomotives are well known because of their use on Australian tourist and heritage railways.

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$A22.50 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $20.25 plus postage]

(Weight 450 gm)


Narrow Gauge Downunder - No.42

July 2011


Published by Gavin & Louise Hince

68 pages, A4 size, colour printed throughout.

This very well produced magazine is primarily directed to railway modellers but includes much prototype information.

Apart from model railway articles, this issue includes:

  • The Douglas Shire Tramway - a 2ft gauge passenger and freight carrying operation at Mossman, far north Queensland.
  • Le P'tit train de la Haute Somme - a French 600mm gauge line

$A13.20 plus postage
[price to LRRSA members $12.15 plus postage]

(Weight 240 gm)


Sawdust and Steam

A history of the railways and tramways of the eastern Otways ranges

By Norm Houghton
Published 2011 by the author

234 pages, A4 size card cover, 250 photographs, over 40 maps, plans and diagrams.

This is a completely revised and greatly enlarged version of the book first published by the LRRSA in 1975. This edition is published by the author, and is digitally printed. There are many more photographs than in the original edition, and they are well reproduced within the limitations of the printing process. The maps are much more detailed and accurate than those published in the first edition as a result of extensive field work. The main maps are printed in two colours.

$A57.95 plus postage
[price to LRRSA members $52.15 plus postage]

(Weight 850 gm)


Narrow Gauge Downunder - No.41

April 2011


Published by Gavin & Louise Hince

68 pages, A4 size, colour printed throughout.

This very well produced magazine is primarily directed to railway modellers but includes much prototype information.

Apart from model railway articles, this issue includes:

  • The Douglas Shire Tramway - a 2ft gauge passenger and freight carrying operation at Mossman, far north Queensland. It had an 0-4-4-0 mallet loco, and there is a rare illustration of a 2ft gauge railcar.
  • Narrow gauge railways in England and Wales
  • A fascinating and detailed scale drawing of a typical turn of the century country store.

Model railway articles include what to do with seaweed, techniques to make plastic look like wood and many others.

$A13.20 plus postage
[price to LRRSA members $12.15 plus postage]

(Weight 240 gm)


Narrow Gauge Downunder - No.40

January 2011


Published by Gavin & Louise Hince

68 pages, A4 size, colour printed throughout.

This very well produced magazine is primarily directed to railway modellers but includes much prototype information.

Apart from model railway articles, this issue includes:

  • Narrow gauge railways in England and Wales
  • Walhalla centenary weekend

The model railway articles include making custom decals, rot-free testles in garden railways, painting backscenes, modelling in card, an old Ford railtruck, and many others.

$A13.20 plus postage
[price to LRRSA members $12.15 plus postage]

(Weight 240 gm)


Narrow Gauge Downunder - No.39

October 2010


Published by Gavin & Louise Hince

68 pages, A4 size, colour printed throughout.

This very well produced magazine is primarily directed to railway modellers but includes much prototype information.

Apart from model railway articles, this issue includes:

  • Hampton Plains tramway at Mount Lyell, Tasmania
  • Tullah Tramway, Tasmania

$A12.00 plus postage
[price to LRRSA members $10.80 plus postage]

(Weight 240 gm)


Narrow Gauge Downunder - No.38

July 2010


Published by Gavin & Louise Hince

68 pages, A4 size, colour printed throughout.

This very well produced magazine is primarily directed to railway modellers but includes much prototype information.

Apart from model railway articles, this issue includes:

  • Kalgoorlie and Boulder Firewood Company, Beria, Western Australia
  • Third generation diesels in the canefields
  • 2010 Southern Forests Narrow Gauge Meet
  • Narrow gauge railways in England and Wales

$A12.00 plus postage
[price to LRRSA members $10.80 plus postage]

(Weight 240 gm)



Narrow Gauge Downunder - No.36

January 2010


Published by Gavin & Louise Hince

68 pages, A4 size, colour printed throughout.

This very well produced magazine is primarily directed to railway modellers but includes much prototype information.

Apart from model railway articles, this issue includes:

  • Portable track for the cane fields
  • The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Long Tunnel Extended Tramway - Walhalla
  • Narrow gauge railways in England and Wales
  • Industrial railways in New Zealand

(The model railway articles include detailed articles on A class Shay and A class Climax locomotives).

$A12.00 plus postage
[price to LRRSA members $10.80 plus postage]

(Weight 240 gm)


Narrow Gauge Downunder - No.34

July 2009


Published by Gavin & Louise Hince

68 pages, A4 size, colour printed throughout.

This very well produced magazine is primarily directed to railway modellers but includes much prototype information.

Apart from model railway articles, this issue includes:

  • South Australian Railways K class No.52 3ft 6in gauge 0-6-4T loco, including scale drawings
  • Ida Bay 2 ft gauge railway, Tasmania
  • Small (2 ft gauge) rolling stock with character (Queensland sugar railways)
  • The cane trains of Ledesma (Argentina)
  • Denver & South Park Mason bogie 2-6-6T - scale drawings showing original ornate livery in full colour (USA)
  • Narrow gauge railways in England and Wales
  • Baby Krauss locomotives in Australia

$A12.00 plus postage
[price to LRRSA members $10.80 plus postage]

(Weight 240 gm)


Narrow Gauge Downunder - No.33

April 2009


Published by Gavin & Louise Hince

68 pages, A4 size, colour printed throughout.

This magazine is primarily directed to railway modellers but includes much prototype information.

Apart from model railway articles, this issue includes:

  • A class Climax locomotives in Australia
  • The Pelican River lifting bridge on the Moreton Sugar Mill's tramway near Nambour, Queensland
  • The Wee MacGregor tramway, near Cloncurry, Queensland
  • The Cane Trains of Ledesma, Argentina
  • Wholestick trucks of Queensland sugar tramways
  • Riding the White Pass & Yukon, (USA & Canada)
  • The South Park Mason (single Fairlie) locomotives (USA)
  • Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally
  • Magnetic Island Tramway (Queensland)

This issue includes four scale drawings of A class Climax locomotives, three of which worked in Australia. Also included are magnificent coloured drawings of a 2-6-6T Mason bogie locomotive in its as-built livery of 1878.

$A12.00 plus postage
[price to LRRSA members $10.80 plus postage]

(Weight 240 gm)


Narrow Gauge Downunder - No.32

December 2008


Published by Gavin & Louise Hince

60 pages, A4 size, colour printed throughout.

This magazine is primarily directed to railway modellers but includes much prototype information.

Apart from model railway articles, this issue includes:

  • The sugar cane trains of Ledesma, Argentina
  • Narrow gauge railways in England and Wales
  • Narrow gauge railways in Germany

The model railway articles in this issue include (amongst others) modelling Queensland sugar cane wholestick trucks, modelling Mason-Fairlie locomotives, modelling a four-wheel A class Climax locomotive. All of these articles have a high level of prototype information.

There is also an article on A class Climax locomotives, including four scale drawings. However a number of errors have occurred with the production of these, and the article needs to be treated with caution.

$A12.00 plus postage
[price to LRRSA members $10.80 plus postage]

(Weight 240 gm)


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Copper at the 'Curry

By Norm Houghton

Published 2008 by the author

155 pages, A4 size card cover, 170 photographs and 25 maps, plans and diagrams.

A history of copper mining and smelting operations at Cloncurry, Queensland; with an emphasis on the railways and tramways which served them.

Contents

Acknowledgements

1. Introduction

2. The Setting
   1. Mount Elliott Railway
   2. Dajarra Extension Railway
   3. The Dobbyn Railway
   4. Cloncurry the Pivot
   5. Boom Collapses
   6. The Livestock Trade

3. Selwyn Line
   1. Traffic patterns
   2. The Route
   3. Stations and Sidings
   4. Time Table

4. Dajarra Extension Railway
   1. Traffic Patterns
   2. The Route
   3. Stations and Sidings
   4. Time Table
   5. Safe working
   6. Speed Limits and Loads

5. Wee Macgregor Tramway
   1. Legal Manoeuvrings
    2. Construction
    3. The 2 ft Gauge Ore Tramway
    4. Traffic
    5. Time Table
    6. Train Working

6. Trekelano Tramway
   1. Construction
   2. The Route
   3. Time Table
   4. Closure and Disposal

7. Mount Cuthbert and Dobbyn Railway
   1. Traffic patterns
    2. The Route
    3. Stations and Sidings
    4. Time Table
    5. Train Operations
    6. Removal and Disposal

8.  The Aftermath

9. References

$A34.95 plus postage
[price to LRRSA members $31.46 plus postage]

(Weight 550 gm)


Beech Forest

Capital on the Ridge

By Norm Houghton
Published 2007 by the author

112 pages, A4 size card cover, many photographs and illustrations.

A complete history of the town of Beech Forest and surrounding district. It includes the important role the narrow-gauge railway, timber tramways and the timber industry played in the town's industry.

The book is digitally printed, and the photographs are well reproduced within the limitations of the printing process.

$A29.95 plus postage
[price to LRRSA members $26.96 plus postage]

(Weight 450 gm)


The Ridge

A brief historical guide to the West Otway Ridge

By Norman Houghton, published by the author

16 pages, A4 size, card cover, 22 photpgraphs, 3 maps.

This digitally printed booklet is a brief history of the areas and communities served by the Beech Forest to Crowes narrow gauge railway. Contains some information on the railway and timber tramways, and includes some very interesting photographs, which are well reproduced within the limitations of the printing process.

The maps are from the LRRSA book The Beechy, but are printed in one colour only.

$A7.00 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $6.30 plus postage]

(Weight 100 gm)


By the Barwon

A History of Forrest and Barramunga

By Norman Houghton, published by the author

24 pages, A4 size, card cover, 42 photographs, one double-page map.


This digitally printed book is a general history of the townships of Forrest and Barramunga in Victoria. Includes much information on timber tramways including a very detailed map, which is much more comprehensive than any previously published. The photographs include two very nice views of the locomotive Tom Cue on Sanderson's timber tramway.

$A7.00 plus postage.
[price to LRRSA members $6.30 plus postage]

(Weight 120 gm)



Image not available yetThe Mapleton Tramway

The line of the diminutive Shay locomotives

By John Knowles

Published by the author

92 pages, A4 size, plus card cover, 81 illustrations, references, and index.

The Mapleton Tramway was an 18 km long 2 ft gauge railway, which climbed the Highworth and Blackall Ranges, west of Nambour, and about 110 km north of Brisbane, Queensland. In many places the line was located on shelves in the mountainsides with magnificent views over the coastal lands to the sea. It used steep gradients and very sharp curves, and reached 380 metres (1247 ft) altitude.

The line was built over the first range by the Moreton Central Sugar Mill Company of Nambour between 1897 and 1904 to tap what it was hoped would become sugar growing lands. Building that section severely damaged the finances of the company. It was extended to the top of the second range at Mapleton by the Maroochy Shire Council in 1914-15, the Shire having purchased the section already built by the mill company.

The company portion was initially operated by horses and gravity, but that was very expensive, and eventually a Shay geared locomotive was obtained. The Shire bought a second such locomotive. The line as extended was used to haul sugar cane, logs and sawn timber, fruit, cream, small livestock and supplies, as well as passengers and mails. With its poor alignment, the very slow speed of the geared engines, and the stops en route, the journey took two hours.

With the light loads possible on each tram, the need to tranship some of the traffic to or from the 3 ft 6 ins gauge Queensland Railways at Nambour, and the development of road transport the line was outdated almost from the time it was built.

It had to be supported financially by ratepayers. The Council kept it running only while revenue paid the working expenses, something which was prolonged a little by the shortages of World War II. It was closed at the end of 1944, but it was not until 1966 that the Shire paid the last of its debt.

This book includes a detailed description of the route, and gives an interesting insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the Shay geared locomotives. Train operations are described, including the excursions operated at weekends which connected with QR trains.

An interesting feature of the line was the private siding to the general store at Mapleton, where goods were unloaded from the daily tram across the store verandah.

The illustrations include five aerial photographs of the route in 1940, four maps of the route, and six scale drawings of the rolling stock and one of the locomotives.

$A28.50 plus postage (Weight 480 gm)

[price to LRRSA members $A25.65 plus postage]


Image not available yetSteam on the Lens

Volume II - Walhalla Railway Construction - The Photographs of Wilf Henty



Compiled by John Kiely and Russell Savage MLA.
Published by Russell Savage MLA
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111 pages, A4 size landscape format, soft cover, 110 photographs.

This book presents a remarkable series of excellent photographs taken during the six year construction period of the Walhalla railway. With one photograph per page, printed as duotones, you can see bridges under construction, temporary construction camps, interesting trackwork, locomotive 1A gradually changing as various modifications were made to it, and much else. These images present a unique story, there is no other book to compare with this.The photographer was Wilf Henty, the Pay Clerk during the construction of the railway.

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$A37.00  plus postage (Weight about 550 gm)
[price to LRRSA members $33.30 plus postage]


Image not available yetEchoes through the Tall Timber

The Life and Times of a Steam Man 1895 - 1984

By Dorothy Owen

Published 2001 by Brunel Gooch Publications

176 pages A5 size, soft cover, 48 illustrations.

"I found it extremely interesting and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This is a splendid evocation of the life of an ordinary working man in an environment that most of us would find to be intolerable. This book opens our eyes to the reality of the time and place... The content and the details of the precarious, uncertain, frequently lonely and generally hard and uncomfortable life of those bush-workers is so well portrayed and direct knowledge of these conditions is rapidly being forgotten."

(Comments by Arthur Straffen, who reviewed the manuscript prior to publication.)


Echoes through the Tall Timber is the life story of Harry Matheson who worked in places such as Warburton, Starvation Creek, Federal Mill, Ada No.2 Mill, Toorongo, Barwon Downs, and Shelley. He drove logging winches and mill engines, was a saw doctor, and a climber in the rigging of high-lead logging systems. He drove a Washington winch, and outside the timber industry drove traction engines, a huge steam shovel at the O'Shannassy Weir, and mining batteries.

Harry lived through the 1926 bushfires, and was a Ada No.2 Mill in the 1939 bushfires.

The author is Harry's daughter. When her father was 84 years old she gave him a battered old typewriter and suggested he write his life story. He mastered the typewriter and from his notes Dorothy Owen has developed this biography.

$A22.95 plus postage (Weight 375 gm)
[price to LRRSA members $20.66 plus postage]