Tim Fischer's very personal guide to the great transcontinental railways of the world.
'This book is both highly educational and a damn good read.' - Sam Burgess, OAM, former chairman Zig Zag Railway
'A fascinating view of railways throughout the world by an Australian railway do-er.' - Mike Mohan, formerly of US Railroader, Southern Pacific Railways and now ARG, Perth
Join Tim Fischer, former deputy prime minister of Australia and one of the country's best-known (and most energetic) train enthusiasts, on an entertaining and informative journey to the great railways of the world.
From the early days of train travel to the heady international race to develop new railways to the inaugural journey of Australia's new Ghan, Tim explores the successes and the disasters of a mode of transport that still captures the imagination today.
Here are tales from Tim's many hundreds of train trips around the world, colourful anecdotes about the characters he's met and the far-flung places he's visited, and descriptions of his twelve greatest stations in the world - as well as enough rail history and technical information to satisfy the most ardent trainspotter.
Tim Fischer is the much loved and widely respected Boy from Boree Creek, former deputy prime minister of Australia and leader of the National Party, and committed rural Australian. He is also a serious train enthusiast who argues we need rail now and into the future more than ever before.
Table Of Contents:
From Gough Whitlam xv
From John Howard xvii
Great Australian railway gauges xx
Great world railway gauges xxi
1 The railway realms 3
12 Gauge battles 11
Part One: Australian Foundations
13 Green light to Darwin 27
14 Record-breaking construction 41
15 Australia revamps rail 51
Part Two: Global Renaissance
16 Great Britain: the birthplace of rail 71
17 Europe: leading in high-speed rail 81
18 North America: a bittersweet view of rail 91
19 South America derails 103
10 Africa: agony and lunacy 111
11 China, India, Russia, Japan: curious connections 121
12 Greater Asia: up the Khyber 133
13 The top twelve grand stations 143
Part Three: Darwin at last
14 First freight train to Darwin 157
15 The First Ghan to Darwin 175
Part four: The future
16 A rail renaissance 191
Glossary of railway terminology 205
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