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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, PerthJoin 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.

About the Author

\Tim Fischer is the former deputy prime minister of Australia and a train enthusiast. He is the author of The Boy from Boree Creek and Tim Fischer's Outback Heroes.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1 Foundations1 Gauge Breakthrough2 Green Light to Darwin3 Record Breaking Construction4 Australia Revamps RailPart 2 Global Rennaisance5 Great Britain, Not So Great6 Europe Leads in High Speed Rail7 North America and the USA Love Hate Relationship with Rail8 South Americas Derail9 Africa, the Agony and Lunacy10 China, India, Russia, Japan: Curious Connections11 The Rest of Greater Asia: The Good and the Bad10 The Top Ten Grand StationsPart 3 Darwin at last, the future13 First Freight Train on the Rail to Asia14 First Ghan to Darwin: This Train is Bound for Glory15 The Future Rail RennaisanceAcknowledgementsBibliographyIndex

Product Details

The Ghan, the Khyber, the Globe
Allen & Unwin
Fischer, Tim
Railroads - History
Railroads - General
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