Proceed to Hawker


An Operational and sometimes social history of the last years of the Quorn to Hawker section of the great northern railway From 1957 to 1970.


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The opening of arguably Australia’s first south t north transcontinental railway line in January 2004 finally fulfilled a century-old dream to link Adelaide and Port August with Darwin.

It was a long time in coming and involved shifts from the original route through the Flinders Ranges and skirting the Great Artesian Basin.  Today’s standard gauge line branching off the Trans-Australian line at Tarcoola heads due north through Central Australia to Tennant Cree, Katherine and Darwin.

This book chronicles the story of the final years of operation of the Quorn-Hawker section of what was originally known as the Great Northern Railway, which visionaries of the day believed would eventually reach Darwin.  There were a number of operating and other characteristics that made train working on the Quorn-Hawker line unique in the late 1950’s and the decade of the 1960’s.  This book represents a detailed record of the train working on the fascinating section of the track over the last 14 years of its 90 year life.





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Weight .520 kg
Dimensions .24 × .17 × .1 cm