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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has light to medium surface rubbing, and there is light shelf wear to the bottom edge of the cover around the spine area. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 158 x 237 mm
Pages: 248
Publisher: Methuen Australia
Publication date: 1985 first edition


Kings of the Iron Horse: A. E. Smith, F. J. Shea
By David Burke

Across a space of eighty memorable years, some 3300 steam locomotives were built in Australia for this country's railways. Few other products of our heavy industry could compare at the time with these steam engines for sheer Australianness. Their design and construction by Australian engineers and artisans represents a fascinating phase of the nation's industrial and social history.

Alf Smith and Fred Shea were two of the men who made these iron horses. Theirs was a lifelong friendship that began with a teacher-pupil relationship in the grimy, deafening workshops where the metal to build the locomotives was beaten out. Both rose to the supreme office of C.M.E. - Chief Mechanical Engineer.

Alf began with the Victorian Railways of the turbulent 1880s, advancing from apprentice to draftsman to self-taught engineer. Fred Shea belonged to a later generation that would ultimately scrap the beloved steam machine and usher in the diesel-electric age. In the years between lay a great locomotive adventure, one in which some of Australia's largest, grandest, most powerful steam engines took to the rails.

Both men left the mark of their achievement on Australia's railway systems, on workshop practice, and in their contribution to transport on the very fabric of national growth.


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