Trains, Tracks and Travellers


First published in 1997, Trains, Tracks and Travellers; A History of The Victorian Railways, is a must-have for any transport enthusiast.

Tracing the birth and growth of the railway systems in Melbourne that eventually came under the eagle eye of the Victorian Railways, this book is a testament to the author's patience in his meticulous research.

Beginning with the private syndicates that built many miles of track before they went bankrupt and encompassing the 4 narrow gauge railway lines throughout Victoria, this makes for a great history lesson in the changes that railways brought to many an area and the impact easier travel had upon the local residents.

As well as the inclusion of the great photos we've come to expect from Marc Fiddian, there are chronological lists of the dates lines were both opened and closed, with some stations reopening at later dates.