Further Information

Various sources provide further details and up to date information about aspects of railways and tramways in Australia. Links to  information are below.

Books

Magazines

Websites

Books

The following books are recommended for information about particular topics.

 

A Guide to Australasian Locomotion

Chris Walters, Brad Peadon & Bernie Baker

2011 edition, 350 pages, published by the Australian Railway Historical Society, NSW Division.

Provides information about diesel and electric locomotives currently operating in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

 

An Australian Locomotive Guide

Peter Clark

2015 edition, 368 pages, published by Rosenberg.

Provides information about diesel and electric locomotives currently operating in Australia, as well as operational steam locomotives.

 

Australian Railway Heritage Guide

Compiled by Robert McKillop

2010 edition, 320 pages, published by the Australian Railway Historical Society, NSW Division.

Provides information about railway and tramway museums, organisations and heritage sites throughout Australia.

 

Great Rail Journeys in Australia & New Zealand

David Bowden

2017, 160 pages, published by John Beaufoy Publishing Limited.

Provides information about trains and travel descriptions for significant rail journeys throughout Australia and New Zealand, most of which are long-distance trains, but some short-distance journeys and tourist railways are also included.

 

Urban Rail Down Under

Robert Schwandl

2011, 142 pages, published by Robert Schwandl.

Provides information about suburban railways and tramways throughout Australia and New Zealand.

 

Magazines

The following sources provide current news and feature articles about railways in Australia. Magazines are available by subscription and can also be purchased in local hobby shops. Some titles are sold through selected newsagents.

 

Australian Railway Enthusiast

www.railfanshop.com.au

Quarterly magazine published by the Association of Railway Enthusiasts. Includes articles regarding railways and tramways in Australia and overseas.

 

Australian Railway History

www.arhsnsw.com.au/australian-railway-history

Monthly magazine published by the Australian Railway Historical Society, New South Wales Division. Contains historical articles about railways throughout Australia. Membership of the Australian Railway Historical Society, New South Wales Division, includes subscription to Australian Railway History. Digital editions can be purchased through <www.pocketmags.com.au>. Previous issues of Australian Railway History and its predecessor magazines from 1937 to 2009 can be purchased on a series of DVDs.

 

Catch Point

www.nrm.org.au/publications/36-catch-point-magazine

Bi-monthly magazine published by the National Railway Museum at Port Adelaide. Includes news and feature articles regarding current and historical aspects of railways in South Australia.

 

Light Railways

www.lrrsa.org.au

Bi-monthly magazine published by the Light Railway Research Society of Australia. Includes news and feature articles regarding light industrial railways in Australia. PDF versions of the magazine can be purchased through the LRRSA website.

 

Motive Power

www.motivepower.net.au

Bi-monthly magazine about locomotives in Australia. Motive Power eMags can be purchased through the Motive Power website.

 

Newsrail

www.arhsvic.org.au/index.php/publications-sales/newsrail

Monthly magazine published by the Australian Railway Historical Society, Victorian Division. Includes news and feature articles regarding current and historical aspects of railways and tramways in Victoria.

 

Railway Digest

www.arhsnsw.com.au/railway-digest

Monthly magazine published by the Australian Railway Historical Society, New South Wales Division. Includes news and feature articles regarding contemporary railways and tramways throughout Australia. Digital editions can be purchased through <www.pocketmags.com.au>. Previous issues of Railway Digest and its predecessor magazine from 1963 to 2002 can be purchased on a series of DVDs.

 

Roundhouse

www.transportheritagensw.com.au

Quarterly magazine published by Transport Heritage NSW. Includes news and feature articles regarding transport heritage in New South Wales, including details of activities at the NSW Rail Museum at Thirlmere and major transport heritage events in the state. Membership of Transport Heritage NSW includes subscription to Roundhouse.

 

Sunshine Express

www.arhs-qld.org.au/sales-and-publications

Bi-monthly magazine published by the Australian Railway Historical Society, Queensland Division. Includes news and feature articles regarding current and historical aspects of railways in Queensland.

 

Table Talk

www.timetable.org.au/ttalk.html

Monthly magazine published by the Australian Timetable Association. Focuses on recent timetable news and public transport information, mostly regarding Australia. Membership of the Australian Timetable Association includes subscription to Table Talk.

 

Tasmanian Rail News

www.railtasmania.com/arhs/trn.php

Quarterly magazine published by the Australian Railway Historical Society, Tasmanian Division. Includes news and feature articles regarding current and historical aspects of railways in Tasmania.

 

The Times

www.timetable.org.au/times.html

Monthly magazine published by the Australian Timetable Association. Focuses on timetable history and current public transport scheduling trends, mostly regarding Australia. Membership of the Australian Timetable Association includes subscription to The Times.

 

The Westland

www.railheritagewa.org.au/admin/admin.htm

Quarterly magazine published by Rail Heritage WA. Includes news and feature articles regarding current and historical aspects of railways in Western Australia.

 

Track + Signal

www.trackandsignal.com

Quarterly independent rail industry magazine. Includes news and feature articles of interest to professionals working in the railway industry throughout Australia and New Zealand. Digital editions can be purchased through <www.magzter.com>.

Trolley Wire

www.cotma.org.au/trolleywire.html

Quarterly magazine published by the South Pacific Electric Railway Co-operative Society Limited. Includes news and feature articles regarding tramway museums and aspects of tramway operations throughout Australia and New Zealand.

 
 

Websites

Many railway industry organisations, railway operators, enthusiast groups and heritage organisations have an online presence. Various websites are listed throughout this website. Search engines can assist with finding websites regarding particular topics. The following online sources provide a range of information regarding railways and tramways in Australia.

 

AusRAIL

www.ausrail.com

AusRAIL is an annual railway industry conference and exhibition held in a different Australian city each year. It includes numerous exhibitors, speakers, networking opportunities and social events. The AusRAIL website contains information about coming events and highlights of previous events.

 

Australasian Rail Directory

www.raildirectory.com.au

The Australasian Rail Directory is a comprehensive listing of businesses involved in the Australian, Oceanic and Asian rail industries. These include network managers, operators, professional services and suppliers. Listings can be searched online by name or nature of business. The Australasian Rail Directory is also published annually in hard copy.

 

Australian Steam – Preserved Steam Locomotives Down Under

www.australiansteam.com

Comprehensive listings of preserved steam locomotives and steam trams from the various government railways and private railway operators throughout Australia.

 

Australian Rail Maps

www.railmaps.com.au

Displays a range of maps showing railway lines currently in service throughout Australia. Also includes timetables, journey planners and fares.

 

Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF)

www.atrf.info

The Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) is the major transport research conference in Australasia. It is held annually and covers a wide range of transport topics.

The ATRF website contains news about its latest conference and all peer-reviewed and presented papers since 1975.

 

Chris’s Commonwealth Railways Information

www.comrails.com

Provides information and photographs regarding Commonwealth Railways, Australian National Railways, Great Southern Rail and South Australian Railways. Includes mostly historical information but also some contemporary data.

 

Facebook

www.facebook.com

Numerous Facebook pages and groups exist regarding various aspects of Australian railways. A search for topics can be made within Facebook.

 

Hairyleg’s Tracks

www.drive.google.com/file/d/1qgWfJ_ov9-Kqvq6tLdrpErDQafMcrJpI/view

Hairyleg’s Tracks is a downloadable application that provides a searchable Google Earth overlay showing all railway and tramway lines and tracks in Australia, including closed lines, as well as key infrastructure features.

Glossary of Railway Terms

www.rissb.com.au/products/glossary

Searchable listing of Australian railway industry terms.

 

NSW Rail

www.nswrail.net

Provides comprehensive data, maps and photographs regarding railway infrastructure in New South Wales. Includes information about current and abandoned lines.

 

Pilbara Railways

www.pilbararailways.com.au

Provides information about the iron ore railways of the Pilbara region in Western Australia. Includes data about the locomotives and lines of the various Pilbara operators.

 

Queensland Railways Interest Group

www.qrig.org

Current and historical information about Queensland Railways, focusing on locomotives.

 

Rail Express

www.railexpress.com.au

Provides daily news regarding the Australian railway industry. Also includes a directory of businesses involved in the railway industry.

 

Rail Knowledge Bank

www.railknowledgebank.com/Presto/home/home.aspx

Rail Knowledge Bank provides an online resource of rail knowledge. It is maintained by the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) under the National Interest Services (NIS) program, with advisory support from the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI). Rail Knowledge Bank contains a wide range of online books, journal articles, reports, papers and conference proceedings. A search can be made for specific topics or subjects can be browsed.

 

Rail Tasmania

www.railtasmania.com

Provides current and historical information regarding railways in Tasmania. Includes information and photographs about lines, locomotives and rolling stock, and preservation groups.

 

Railpage

www.railpage.com.au

Detailed interactive website focusing on Australian railways and tramways. Features include:

  • online news and discussion forums organised into states and major topics

  • a database of lineside locations with a description of the location, sample photos, and interactive maps

  • listings of liveries, locomotives and organisations

  • photo competitions and galleries

  • railcams, which feature images from motion-detecting webcams at various railway locations

  • listings of sightings provided by members.

 

SA Track and Signal

www.sa-trackandsignal.net

Provides Australian railway track and signal drawings and signal locations for much of the existing railways throughout Australia. Includes coverage of Australian Rail Track Corporation interstate and Hunter Valley networks, Adelaide Metro, South Australia and Northern Territory regional lines, Arc Infrastructure network in Western Australia, New South Wales regional and Queensland standard gauge lines.

 

Train Times: Australian and New Zealand Train Timetables

www.traintimes.net.au

Compilation of timetables for rail passenger services in Australia and New Zealand. Provides stopping and some passing times for all long-distance trains, and summaries of suburban services. Timetables for railway-operated and railway-franchised bus services are also included.

 

Vicsig

www.vicsig.net

Provides comprehensive information and photographs regarding railway and tramway infrastructure and rolling stock in Victoria. Also includes listings of railway operators and locomotives throughout Australia.

 

Yahoo Groups

www.groups.yahoo.com/neo

Various Yahoo groups exist regarding aspects of Australian railways. A search for topics can be made within Yahoo groups.

 

YouTube

www.youtube.com

Numerous videos of current Australian railways and old footage have been uploaded to YouTube. A search for topics can be made within YouTube.