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Railways in South Australia

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Chris's Commonwealth Railways Information
This site is where you will find various bits of information about the Commonwealth Railways, Australian National Railways, Great Southern Railways and the South Australian Railways.

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South Australia's SteamRanger Heritage Railway
Operates a number of different heritage steam and diesel hauled tourist trains between Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills, up over the crest of the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, down to Strathalbyn and on through the coastal holiday towns of Goolwa and Port Elliot to the tourist resort town of Victor Harbor.

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National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide
Take a journey into railway history at the National Railway Museum, Australia's largest railway museum with over 100 exhibits representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators on the three major rail gauges used in Australia.

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Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society Inc:
Take a full-day or half-day trip aboard a restored steam or
heritage diesel train on the Old Ghan line between Port Augusta
and Quorn.

Railways in Victoria

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Weston Langford Railway Photography
Documenting railways and related infrastructure since 1960

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Victorian Railways Rolling Stock
Assembled from the research conducted 1973 through 1990. Much material not colated. Used initially for support information for vehicles photographed. As it was quicker to collect info on all rolling stock than 'hunt and peck' the data covers rolling stock from 1886 onwards. New construction is complete from 1886 to the 1980's. Scrap and disposal data is complete to 1927, spotty to the 1980s.

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Mark Bau's VR
Frank Kelly was a giant of the Australian railway modelling fraternity and was a Master Craftsman par excellence at scratch building. Frank also was an enthusiastic supporter of this website and contributed a great deal to it over the years.


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A Brief History of New York City Transportation

New York City is a glorious, sprawling metropolis, and it blazed new trails in city planning and mass transit. Inventive solutions allowed NYC to grow and thrive, creating a flow of traffic that pumped through the city like lifeblood. Today, the old bones and paths of early omnibuses, trolleys, and trains still mark the streets and skies of the five boroughs. They have a long and storied history as essential elements in one of the greatest cities on Earth.

Recommended by Tyler Thomas U.S.A.

Transportation History: The Trolley, Tram and Streetcar

Thomas Davenport debuted his model train in 1830 and inspired engineers to work on developing electric trains devoted to transporting passengers. Trams, trolleys, and streetcars emerged from this inspiration, and electric driven trains were one of the first significant uses of electricity (outside of electric light).  


Recommended by Hannah Hayes.
Hannah discovered this as part of a school social studies project carried out as part of her home schooling.  Her school has been closed because of the Covid 19 problems.  

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Thomas Davenport - 1834 Invented the "first" electric motor:

By now, you may be wondering what this has to do with electric streetcars. Thomas Davenport used Ányos Jedlik’s design to build a similar contraption, that followed a short rail among his other endeavors. This inspired others to start developing the first electrified public transport. This would evolve into electric cars fifty years later.

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The world's first electric tramway:
The Gross Lichterfelde Tramway was the world's first electric tramway. It was built by the Siemens & Halske company in Lichterfelde, a suburb of Berlin, and went in service on
16 May 1881.

The first commercial installation of an electric streetcar in the United States was built in 1884 in Cleveland, Ohio and operated for a period of one year by the East Cleveland Street Railway Company. Trams were operated in Richmond, Virginia, in 1888, on the Richmond Union Passenger Railway built by Frank J. Sprague.