Light Railways 274 in the mail, and other news

John Dennis

Light Railways 274 (August 2020) has been handed over to Australia Post, thanks to a monumental single-handed effort by Frank.  Contents:
- Of Boxer and Bruiser...Tiger and Trooper - Horse haulage in coal mines (NSW)
- Copper, Platinum, Gold and Lime - The mines and tramways of Coopers Creek (Vic)
- Book Review - Beneath the Peak of Lyell
- Industrial Railway News - 17 items from around Australia
- Letters - Rails to Woomera (LR271); AA Company nameplate, Newcastle (LR272); Caribbean Gardens railway (LR 273); Henry Vale industrial locomotives – an overview (LR273); Early internal combustion locomotives in Australia (LR272); Maryvale Locomotive (H&T report LR272); Victorian Goldfields Railway (LR272); Lune River railway (H&T LR273)
- Heritage & Tourist News - 8 items from Australia and New Zealand
- Back cover photos: Ida Bay Railway in 1964
If you are not a member, the magazine should be available at your newsagent shortly, or it can be purchased from the society at

"In the Shadow of the Prom" delayed. As a result of the Covid-19 situation, the release of our latest book has been delayed, and is now likely to be the start of September. As a result the "Pre-Publication Offer" has been extended until August 31. If you haven't placed your order yet, you can do so here:

Two new books from Hesperian Press are available from the online shop:

"Woodlines of Western Australia". The Kurrawang and Lakewood woodlines are the main feature of this book; other lines include Lakeside south of Boulder, Kurramia/Kanowna, Cue, Laverton, Gwalia and Westonia449 pages, 170mm x 240mm, french flaps, heavily illustrated with locality and routes of the lines. Price $85.00 ($76.50 for LRRSA members).

Horse Trams of the Old West. This slim volume described the Horse trams which were a feature of many of the old north coastal towns, taking passengers and cargo from the jetties to the townships. This booklet has a page or so of text describing the horse tramways of each of Rottnest, Carnarvon, Onslow, Roebourne-Cossack, Broome and Derby, followed by photographs. Card cover, 26 pages, A4 size, 36 photographs. Price $20.00 ($18.00 for LRRSA members).

Both books are available to order from the online shop at
Note, the Sales List has an incorrect physical description of these books, including number of pages, size, and most importantly price. This was the result of an unfinished "copy-paste" of the information from "In the Shadow of the Prom". The information above is correct.