The Story of E. This book is not only the story of the development of Baldwin canefield locomotives. It also describes underground, shunting, and fairground locomotives, brake wagons, and the diverse range of engineering work undertaken by the Company, from stainless steel vessels to broad-acre agricultural tractors.
From the mid s Australia's sugar millers were rapidly replacing their steam locomotives with diesels, with the market split between two large companies - Clyde Engineering Co.
The family firm of E. Still reflecting its farming origins with large scale egg production, its small general engineering business specialised in custom designed stainless steel food preparation equipment. But in the firm was approached to build a small canefield locomotive, and a year later it started its pioneering work with flame-proofed rail vehicles. Numerous diesel locomotives followed. The book includes a detailed production list of the Company's locomotives, and scale drawings of many of its locomotives.
The author has had direct access to the Company's owners, and to many of the records of the Company, so this is the definitive history of the Company, and gives much detail on the performance of individual locomotives. Hard cover, pages, A4 size, photographs, and 16 diagrams, references, bibliography, and index.
During the period prior to the First World War it was the centre of Victoria's biggest sawmilling district. It saw the establishment of 66 major sawmills and many smaller mills in the bush surrounding the town. They were linked to the railway at Warburton, Millgrove, and Wesburn through a complex system of wooden and steel-railed tramways.
In total over km of tramways could be found in the bush surrounding Warburton. Horses, locomotives, and rail tractors hauled the timber, and the tramways included many spectacular bridges, cable-worked haulages, sharp curves and steep grades. The tramways provided picturesque walking tracks for holiday makers, and attracted many first class photographers. This book includes photographs. Almost all of these have not been published before.
Fifty-two of the photographs are printed as duo-tones, a special process which increases the tonal range of the photograph. Fourteen of the maps are printed in four colours, whilst most maps and diagrams are printed in two or three colours.
Hard cover, pages, A4 size, photographs, 50 maps, various diagrams, references, bibliography, and index. It is an extremely scenic area situated in the lush coastal belt of tropical North Queensland in one of the wettest parts of Australia. The 2 ft gauge Innisfail Tramway played a major role in the colourful history of the town. Built one hundred years ago by the Geraldton Shire Council, it was subsequently taken over and operated by the Queensland Railways until they sold it to local sugar mills in The tramway carried thousands of passengers including shoppers to and from town, wharf labourers to work, racegoers to and from the course, and picnickers on pleasure trips.
It carried vast quantities of bananas, timber, coal, agriculture, meat and parcels. There were 13 steam locomotives, 13 passenger cars, four vans, and about goods vehicles.
Over the years the role of the tramway changed, and today the surviving parts of it are operated exclusively as privately owned sugar carrying lines. The authors have interviewed local residents and former members of the tramway staff as well as searched through official documents and newspaper reports, to produce a book which is both historically accurate, and brings to life a vanished era.
It contains much additional material in text, photographs, maps and diagrams. Hard cover, pages, A4 size, 99 photographs 12 in colour , 8 maps and 14 rolling stock diagrams, with dust jacket. There was an intense burst of timber production as farmers, seeking to clear their land, worked in partnership with sawmillers, to take advantage of a burgeoning demand for timber in Melbourne.
In time the process saw the clearing of West Gippsland to the state that we now know it, and the growth of dairy farms across what had previously been densely forested hills.
Between and at least sawmill sites were worked in this area, between Beaconsfield and Trafalgar. They were connected to the main towns and railway by tramways using mostly wooden rails. This network of trams, and their associated industries, provides the underlying framework of this book, which explores the relationship between the settlers and the sawmillers, which was so important in establishing agriculture in Gippsland.
Settlers and Sawmillers is a soft-cover reprint of the book first published in Soft cover, pages, A4 size, 96 photographs - mostly nineteenth century gems, 17 maps and diagrams - including seven in two colours, 6 graphs, one locomotive diagram, and 37 cameo images from the turn of the century. Until this was in the hands of small operators. In that year a large company with major shareholders in Western Australia and New Zealand was formed to exploit the newly developed Powell process of timber preservation.
The process involved the heating of timber in a solution containing molasses, water, and other ingredients, including arsenic to control white ants. To use the process economically involved the building of a large sawmill and a company town.
The Company chose a site 10 miles from Yarra Junction, and named it Powelltown. To provide transport the Company built narrow-gauge steam operated tramways through the bush. The Powell process proved a failure, but the timber milling operations centred on Powelltown remained. This book provides an illustrated history of those operations, and an insight into a way of life long since gone. It is designed in the same style, but its emphasis is on photographs, with brief text to introduce each of the eleven chapters, and to explain the illustrations.
It is intended to complement Powelltown. All the photographs are different to those published in Powelltown. Many of the photographs are full page windows-to-the-past, from photographers such as John Buckland, Rev. Brenton, Fred Rayment and others. Hard cover, 88 pages, A4 size, photographs, 7 maps and diagrams, with dust jacket and end papers. The end papers consist of two different A3 size photographs depicting Coffee Pot at work in the bush eighty years ago.
Print run limited to 1, and will not be reprinted. At least sixty sawmill sites were worked in the region, and for some time sawmilling was the largest single employer in the area. Together they produced a huge volume of timber, not only to satisfy the needs of metropolitan Melbourne, but also to provide fruit cases for the district's orchard industry. A fascinating network of tramways, providing the vital transport link to the railhead, fanned to the east and north of the town.
The construction and operation of these lines is covered in detail but it is integrated with the history of the mills that led to their existence, and the people that worked in the industry or lived in the bush at the mills. Bellbrakes, Bullocks and Bushmen is a reprint of the book first published in , which has been out of print for many years. Soft cover, pages, A4 size, 71 photographs, 17 maps and diagrams. Last updated on 15 September