Book review

The Australian Railway Historical Society in Canberra first mooted the idea of a national historical rail atlas in 1990, when draft maps were prepared and research began. Efforts to produce a comprehensive and accurate geographical record of the country's railway history are still on-going, and this volume covering Tasmania is the first in the series of atlases to be published.

The geographical maps show the routes of all permanent, locomotive-worked railways to have been built in Tasmania. Enlargements show details of important locations, and station mileages are given. The second section of the 34-page book provides details of gauges and opening and closing dates for the lines.

As well as the main line railways, maps are given of tram and trolleybus lines. The multitude of minor railways shown include Dunkley's Trowutta Tramway, and a wooden-railed tramway which used convicts to power passenger and freight trains from 1836 until its closure sometime before 1877. ISBN 1 898319 69 3

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