We exposed the north, pointed our lenses south, but there was one more major division of the NSWGR to cover... The West.
While electrification to Lithgow in 1957 meant most of us were still to young to hold a camera, we did manage a couple of shots in that area.
This spectacular site was soon to disappear as the juice was turned on shortly after this picture was taken. While mainline steam ceased in this part of the state in 1967, there remained bankers out of Bathurst and shunters at various depots into the 1970s.
The west was a place where steam disappeared rapidly. So fast in fact that many of us never managed to venture there or get good colour photos in this part of the world.
Stretching all the way to Bourke and Broken Hill, with branches south to Oberon, the Cowra region and north through Mudgee, this division covers a vast portion of the state.
The Western division features the rolling hills of the Western Slopes, the brown dry plains, and, of course, the spectacular escarpment on the Mudgee line.
As with the other books, extreme care has been taken to select only the best colour photos, bringing them to life with our superior production team, who now have vast experience in restoring precious images.
In this book, we have added more stories from the days penned by those who were there to experience the extraordinary climb of the Central West Express up Tumulla bank, Cab riding on double headed freights, witnessing the might of W44 Zinc concentrate train, or simply having some very interesting adventures chasing trains in the area.
We have once again gathered a who's who of exceptional railway photographers who braved this part of the world at a time when steam was operating all over NSW, and we are very fortunate that they made the effort.
The ARHS have described our two previous volumes as the "Best Steam NSW Books Ever". If you have a copy of either, you will know the quality of production and depth of photography and information. For you, it won't take much persuasion to add this book to your library. For those of you who missed out due to them selling out fast, here is your chance to obtain what will surely be a collectors item.
We receive constant requests for the two books that are out of print. This volume, due in July, will sell out as well.
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