The history of the railways in Australia has been the subject of research for well over 50 years and yet there is so much that is still to be told.
Unfortunately even the history that has been researched is being lost to us as the books that were written disappear from library shelves and personal collections are trashed when the owner passes away and people who are not interested in railway history don’t understand the value in the pile of books that they are left with.
So here is a compilation of some of the research of others combined with my own research.
Steam Locomotive Builders – a list and some details of the companies that built steam locomotives that came to Australia
Early Queensland Steam Engines – they were small and light-weight but they got the work done.