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Transcontinental Train Odyssey : The Ghan, the Khyber, the globe - Tim Fischer

Transcontinental Train Odyssey

The Ghan, the Khyber, the globe

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'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.

Preface..From Gough Whitlam xv..From John Howard xvii..Great Australian railway gauges xx..Great world railway gauges xxi..Introduction..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..Bibliography 201..Glossary of railway terminology 205..Acknowledgements 209..Index 211

ISBN: 9781741153286
ISBN-10: 174115328X
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 2004
Edition Number: 1