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This is a second-hand hardcover book. Inscribed and signed by the author.

Condition: The dust jacket has surface rubbing, fading to the spine area, 2mm tear, and short creasing to the edges. There is light age spotting to the inside front cover and first page. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 199 x 270 mm
Pages: 286
Publisher: Lew Roberts
Publication date: 1995 first edition, limited edition

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Rails to Wealth
By Lew Roberts

The Story of the Silverton Tramway Company 1886-1972, Broken Hill’s Railway Service

The Silverton Tramway Company was a rare bird: a privately funded and operated railway company. From 1886, the 'STC' provided freight and shunting services to the Broken Hill area - the `home' of Australian mining. It at served the pastoralists in the West Darling, and the 35 000 people of the region.

This book provides an interpretation of the company from its inception as a wild-cat 3'6" gauge ‘hoop iron’ railway linking Broken Hill to the South Australian system, to its emergence as a fully integrated freight and passenger service. Across ten chapters, Rails to Wealth shows that the STC history is one of innovation in a difficult back-country operating environment, of successful private management of a utility, and of ever-increasing ore tonnages as Australian mining came of age. And, not surprisingly, the broader history of the nation through depressions, war and boom tunes can be glimpsed in this record of Silverton's achievement.

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