All orders that were placed and paid before publication have been dispatched. The print quantity of the book was 400, which was determined by the quantity that had been pre-ordered, rounded up to 400.

We are no longer able to accept orders for single copy. If you want to order a single copy, we refer you to the following retailers who have received stock. Alternatively, we are accepting advice  relating to your expression of interest in a reprint or a second edition. We do not presently have a date for that, but if you  leave your details we will  keep you informed.


The National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide.

TRAIN  WORLD, 290 Bay Rd  Brighton. Victoria,

ARHS,  Henderson Rd  Alexandria NSW

Special Offer

When we  took orders for the pre-publication offer we did a special deal of one copy of THE BREAK-OF-GAUGE and one copy of either THE OVERLAND  – A SOCIAL HISTORY  or THE TRAIN TO  OODNA WOOP WOOP –  A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE AFGHAN EXPRESS (THE GHAN). This deal took advantage of the postal rates where two books would travel for the price of one.

We still have a few  of these mixed packages. The price is $120 for the two books and postage is $20. (The full retail prices of these books are $84 for  the BREAK OF GAUGE and $78 each of the other two books). To proceed with this offer, please respond on our contact page with address and phone number and we will respond with bank details.

Positive reviews are in!

In the week or two since the Break-of-Gauge has been sent out, there are some who have had the opportunity to read all or most, and send us  some comments:

Nick Anchen   Ferntree Gully Vic
This extensive and detailed publication examines one of the most convoluted and embarrassing chapters in Australia’s history-namely  the great railway gauge shambles The American author Mark Twain famously declared in 1890 upon changing trains at Albury  in the  wee hour: think of the paralysis of in intellect that gave that  idea  birth. Indeed a truly fascinating read.

B.S. Balwyn  Vic
A comic and tragic tale of the appalling government stupidity exposed for all to see. Brilliant work John!

T. V. Adelaide Metro
A great read. Should be compulsory reading for all politicians as it explains how poor political decisions have resulted from following advice of highly-paid self-proclaimed experts, often with their own personal agenda…have provided short term savings but had long term social and
economic costs.

 I. J. Strathalbyn SA
I have found your books easy to read and understand, as there is a good balance between sufficient content to get the message across without labouring the point. And I like your wordsmith style of using common words tinged with some mild good Aussie idioms and slang. Obviously, you do a lot of research on the history and there never seems to be any gaps in a story or the reader is left hanging because something is missing. Your books are always a delight to read and I always look forward to them.


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