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
This book sets a new standard for railway history books. The depth of the research and the amazing revelations of the technical illustrations are something rarely if ever seen before. I can't say enough good about this book.
Probably the best book I have ever purchased. The photos are just stunning and the text that I have read so far looks just as good.
Excellant, informative, colourful(22/07/2021)
An amazing effort to get all this information together. Loved the relationship to architecture and all the pictures. The format makes it a bit hard to read in bed!!