Australian railway history with a strong leaning towards social history aspects, and reflect John’s passion for ferreting out the “Y” of history. These books are produced to a very high standard of technical production.
These books are produced under the banner of SARLINES RAILWAY BOOKS.
By John Wilson
Currently In Preparation
Book presently in preparation and expected to be released in the second half of 2021.
Published May, 2020
The Overland - A Social History, 190 pages, hard cover, colour throughout, extensively illustrated, index and references.
What is a Social History? It is how one train changed the lives of the people and responded to the needs of the populations, particularly the people of Victoria and South Australia. It was a significant catalyst in the Federation of the Australian colonies. It has connections to football, the Temperance movement and the Sabbatarian movement. It reflects the human connection to the railway, humour and poetry.
$78.00 (Postage available within Australia)
Published May, 2019
"My next book, Bob's Railway, will be released May 2019, a serious history of the travels of "Bob" the railway dog. Bob rode the trains in South Australia, and into Victoria and New South Wales from 1884 to 1895. The book deals with more than "Bob". It was the era of political instability in South Australia and in consequence, the colony's Railway Department was dysfunctional."
Published July, 2018
The Riesling Railway, published July 2018, is was the first book produced by author John Wilson and is about the history of the Riverton to Clare and Spalding branch-line that was produced for the centenary of the opening of the railway to Clare in July 2018. This book comes with a USB flash-drive that contains many maps, diagrams and useful information.
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