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Running Out of Steam & Catching Up with Diesels

248 x 170 mm, 200 pages, 138 illustrations mostly colour

ISBN 9780648043928, $29.95, Paperback

David Burke

Available: October 2017

Across Australia, one hundred thousand men and women were 'in the railways'. From power houses to poultry farms, laundries to loco sheds, wheelbarrows to workshops, snow resorts to signal boxes, the railway had it all.

From lumps of iron, men hammered out a mighty locomotive. Skilled craftsmen shaped first class carriages for the rich. Day and night, from Katoomba to Kalgoorlie, Mount Gambier to Mount Isa, the rhythm of rolling wheel on silvery rail was never silent. For much of this time, steam was the inseparable of Australia's railways on the move.

By the turn of the century the railway scene had utterly changed. Steam, mostly, was but a fond memory. New motive power had taken command of the tracks and trains. For Australia's railways the diesel-electric locomotive was the key to survival - and the future.

Author Melbourne-born David Burke began his newspaper career on the Herald-Sun later moving to the Sydney Morning Herald and its associated publications. He has written 30 books covering fact and fiction, some relating to railways (where he once worked). 30 Days on Australia's Railways was his previous railway book published in 2014 by Rosenberg.

His adventure novel set on Victoria's narrow gauge Puffing Billy was made by the ABC into a seven episode TV serial and Come Midnight Monday enjoyed international release.