American Steam on Australian Rails 1877 - 2004
2004 First Edition
Publisher - Indiana University Press Bloomington and Indianapolis in association with Australian Railway Historical Society (NSW Division).
Cover is hard bound in chocolate brown cloth. Good condition.
Dust Jacket is present. Good condition.
End Papers are intact, with a photograph of South Australia's N Class on Sleep's Hill Viaduct, 1890s on front and D59 oil burner on NSW North Coast Line, 1964 on rear.
Preliminaries – Frontispiece: Australia's Rails; Author's Note; Photo of a wooden cowcatcher and prominent Balswin buidler's plate on VR's first narrow gauge engine, No 1A, at Wangarratta, 1898; Map of Australia showing the early rail lines. Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Foreword.
Main Text Body - 168 Pages. Fine and clean. Illustrated throughout.
End Matters – Appendices; Index.
Edges are even and unworn.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage. White lettering.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.
How did American steam locomotives come to play a major role in rail transportation in 19th-century Australia, then a British colony? In American Steam on Australian Rails, David Burke tells the fascinating story of Yankee ingenuity and the companies that challenged an English monopoly. While purchasers of equipment for Australian lines argued about the virtues and failings of the American machine, most had to admit that the engines made for the Wild West worked equally well riding the curves, grades, and light rails of outback Queensland, Victoria, and New South Wales. Burke provides copious descriptions of the locomotives themselves, from early models with ornate domes, long cowcatchers, and wooden cabs, right through to the trim 59 class 2-8-2 imported from Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton by New South Wales in the twilight of steam.
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