This fabulous program explores the history of our railways, combining seven classic films on Australian trains: The Rail Way, Shades of Puffing Billy, Journey of a Nation, On Time, Ghan to Alice, All Manner of Trains and the multi-award winning A Steam Train Passes, along with introductory commentaries from various personalities including David Hill, Jack Sparkes and Patsy Adam-Smith. (1986, 142 mins)
Total Compilation: 1986, 141 mins
The Rail Way
1979, 25 minutes
A wide-ranging look at Australian railways - from the city underground to the railway of the remote outback.
Shades of Puffing Billy
1967, 11 minutes
A light-hearted look at the Puffing Billy miniature railway.
Journey of a Nation
1947, 11 minutes
Master documentary filmmaker John Heyer has transformed this film about the standardisation of rail gauges into a heroic poem to the nation.
1953, 8 minuets
The control of passanger and freight trains in and out of Flinder Street Station in Melbourne, on time, is a masterpiece of precision planning.
Ghan to Alice
1978, 27 minutes
Two rodeo riders travel from Marree to the Alice Springs rodeo on the Ghan train.
All Manner of Trains
1962, 36 minutes
An overview of Australia's railways.
A Steam Train Passes
1974, 20 minutes
A trip with C38 class steam locomotive: the lovingly restored 3801. Multi-award winning film.
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