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Guide To Railways in Australia

A softbound book known for short as Darts, and for long as Directory of Australian Railways and Tramway Societies, is now available in America through Stemgas.

Australia and New Zealand are covered. Dozens of societies are described, as to gauge of track, history, condition of track, rolling stock, meeting times, dates and hours open, and person or title and address, to write to or call for further information.

Many illustrations are included... everything from models to steam traction engines to trolley cars to trains and passengers.

The book is of great value to anyone who wants up-to -date information, as well as for record purposes. This issue came out in 1982, and we presume more will follow.

All organizations listed are grouped by gauge in an index, from 2 inches through 24.

Throughout, in the articles about the groups, it is evident that the members have preserved a tremendous number of transportation lines that would otherwise have vanished. That goes for equipment as well... not only in transportation but also in farming, model and model-building and other endeavors. Some also emphasize the recording of related history.

Most are open to the public and many offer excursions. Collectors everywhere will want to put this book in their libraries.