Iron Roads in the Outback
The Legendary Commonwealth Railways
By Nick Anchen. published by Sierra Publishing in 2017
208 pages, 282 x 224 mm landscape, hardbound, 208 full-colour pages containing 230 B&W and colour photographs, most never before published
The ‘Iron Roads’ of the Australian Outback – the legendary Commonwealth Railways – were built through some of the harshest landscapes on Earth. They were railways like no other, where men and women battled extreme temperatures, flash floods and maddening isolation to keep the trains running.
Although books on the government owned railways of Australia would not normally be sold by the Society, a significant portion of the content covers the 3’6″ gauge Central Australia and North Australia Railways, which were renowned for their “quirkiness”, almost qualifiying as light railways. The book is up to the author’s normal standard, beautifully illustrated and with interviews of ‘old time’ railwaymen.