Australia’s Colourful American Locomotives shows the livery of American locomotives at the time of their import to Australia. It dispels – once and for all – the myth that American steam locomotives have traditionally been black! With the exception of Shay and Climax geared locomotives, it includes all known American steam locomotives delivered to Australia from the first in 1876, up to 1920.
The locomotives worked in every Australian state, and in every type of service from tiny 2 ft gauge sugar tramway locomotives, to mainline broad-gauge goods and passenger locomotives.
The author, David Fletcher, also explains the influence of classical architecture on the development of the style of American steam locomotives in the nineteenth century.
Hard cover, Large format A3 size, 42 x 29cm landscape, 160 pages on heavy art paper, 56 large coloured scale diagrames, over 320 other illustrations
Customer ratings for Australia's Colourful American Locomotives
It doesn't matter whether you are interested in modelling locos from this period or building replicas, this book is superb. Most interesting and is done at a proper size for viewing well.
A wonderful book Well researched work with detailed drawings. From the erecting halls of the great Baldwin Works to the Australian countryside I wonder if many of the period saw past the utilitarian to the design principles applied to the imported locomotives.