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Life on Australian Locomotives.

Author: David Barnett
Publisher: Sydney : Rosenberg Publishing, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What was it like to drive a steam locomotive? This book tells the ups and downs, mishaps and triumphs of life on the footplate. The author worked as first a trainee then as an engineman fireman on the footplates of locomotives in Western Victoria in the 60s at a time when bumper wheat harvests saw trains carrying tons of grain through Ararat for shipping overseas. A variety of locomotives were in use. We hear how  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Barnett, David.
Life on Australian Locomotives.
Sydney : Rosenberg Publishing, ©2015
Named Person: David Maxwell Barnett
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Barnett
ISBN: 9781925078633 1925078639 9781925078626 1925078620
OCLC Number: 905997746
Description: 1 online resource (208 pages)
Contents: Foreword; Prologue; PART 1: WITHOUT OFFICIAL AUTHORITY; 1 From a Distance; 2 Escaping Steam; 3 Shelbourne Passenger; 4 No Water Showing; 5 Firing the Spirit; 6 R Class to Maryborough; 7 Thirsty Work; 8 Fireman for an Afternoon; 9 Making up Time; 10 As Far as Bacchus Marsh; 11 Yea and Seymour; 12 Working at North Melbourne; 13 Head Office and Newport Workshops; PART 2: OFFICIALLY ON THE FOOTPLATE; 14 On the Way to Firing; 15 Instructions on the Road; 16 Mount Gambier; 17 Warracknabeal; 18 Hamilton; 19 Portland; 20 Ararat Hostling; 21 Pleasant Surprises; 22 520 Hours. 23 Variations to Cleaning24 Working Four Shifts: Early; 25 Working Four Shifts: Day; 26 Working Four Shifts: Night; 27 Working Four Shifts: Afternoon; 28 The Fastest 20 Minutes; 29 Fast Goods; 30 Interesting Performances; 31 Passenger Trains; 32 The Jewel in the Crown; 33 Nineteen Miles; 34 The Psychological Factor in Locomotive Running; 35 Temporary Conclusion; Glossary; About the Author; Index.

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What was it like to drive a steam locomotive? This book tells the ups and downs, mishaps and triumphs of life on the footplate. The author worked as first a trainee then as an engineman fireman on the footplates of locomotives in Western Victoria in the 60s at a time when bumper wheat harvests saw trains carrying tons of grain through Ararat for shipping overseas. A variety of locomotives were in use. We hear how some performed magnificently, a few sluggish and recalcitrant, requiring every ounce of skill and perseverance of the engineman to keep the wheels turning. A limited number of passeng.

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