Great Rail Journeys of Australia is a happy book and one which will, I hope, make you, the reader, smile. It is a book for everyone, not just the diehard rail enthusiasts, or gunzels as they are euphemistically known. While trains are the integral theme, it is not just a book about trains. It is a book about Australia, and the simple pleasure of exploring it by rail.
There is great variety in the journeys described, from a two hour return journey in the cold winter in the far south of Tasmania to a journey across the arid continent that takes days to complete. As such, this book exemplifies the great contrasts of Australia and the corresponding great contrast of rail journeys that Australia provides.
While Great Rail Journeys of Australia may encourage you to do some or even all the journeys described, it is not intended as a travel planning guide. It is a book to be read from cover to cover for the sheer pleasure of reading it. I have written the book in such a way that together we do the journeys described through your mind’s eye, which I stimulate through the reader inclusive language I use and the “show don’t tell” writing style. I compliment the travelogue theme with the historical story behind each journey, to give you some context behind the journey, including the people who made the railways and the revival of some of the tourist railway journeys from the seeming dead. The journeys about which you read are those I did myself when researching the book, but remember, they are your journeys too.
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