Painting was by Ken Field of F class tank engine 244
Steam was on the decline in the mid 1960s, which is the era represented by this painting. F class tank engine 244 and an unidentified Rx engine are taking water at the Mile End Loco Depot. The F class will work light-engine to Islington Works where it will pick up a rake of suburban carriages to work the evening workmen’s train in to Adelaide Railway Station. The Rx will also work to the Islington works and will head a workmen’s train to Mitcham. The painting was by Ken Field.

Our Story

Sarlines Railway Books are about, but not exclusive to, the operations of the former South Australian Railways (the SAR) with the content being dominated by social history and folklore. These books are as much about the wicked antics of politicians of decades past, as they are about technical things like automatic couplers and Westinghouse brakes.

I have had a passion for railways going back about 70 years. My professional career has been in the discipline of Occupational Medicine. After decades of writing dreary medico-legal reports I am able to draw on that experience and can often find that I can “spice up” an item of railway history with informed comment relating to occupational medicine.

This came about after I had l produced The Riesling Railway, a history of the “Clare line” for the centenary of the opening of the line to Clare. I had set a high standard for production. I was pleasantly surprised that there was a significant number that was willingly able to pay a few more dollars for quality.

The recipe for my books is a well-researched history supported by high-quality images and diagrams, with the use of colour where-ever possible. I aim to produce one new title each year.

These books are intended for enjoyment and information.

My aim is to not disappoint.

- John Wilson

This painting is by Harry Sherwin of Model 55 petrol railcar
In 1924 the South Australian Railways placed in service twelve Model 55 petrol railcars to provide faster transport on lightly-patronised branch lines. The first of these railcars provided passenger services on the Clare line. This painting is by Harry Sherwin.

How to Purchase

Sarlines Railway Books are not distributed through general retail book shops. Books are sold either online through our website or through specialist railway bookshops and museums, and regional history organisations.

If purchasing online, orders within Australia are processed promptly and dispatched in a protective mailer and sent by Australia post.

For overseas orders, we are happy to quote for overseas destinations but wish to advise, that being a small operation, we are unable to get discounted overseas postage rates.

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