Northern Exposures Photos In The Tamworth Area

The following photos were taken from “Northern Exposures”, a new full colour pictorial on railway operations in the north of NSW back in the last days of steam in the late 1960s.

The book features the Tamworth area heavily including Werris Creek, Murrurundi to Ardglen, the Barraba line and shots north towards Armidale and beyond. Many have said this is the best quality book of its type ever produced in NSW.

There is also a great story about one person’s cab riding experiences in the Tamworth area.

Here are some photos from the Tamworth area and surrounds.

3001 looking resplendent on the Tamworth Barraba passenger in 1966


A double headed standard goods heads towards Ardglen in 1964

3631 at Werris Creek on the Glen Innes mail

Standard Goods approaching Blandford in 1966

3631 heads north on the relief Northern Tablelands Express. Even in 1966 the main train was a diesel railcar, splitting at Werris Creek

3237 on the line from Werris Creek to Binnaway on a mixed freight. 1969

If you would like a copy of the book, you can get it for $75 including postage at or phone John on 0411 139 312


  1. Hi my grandfather is 90 this year. He spent all of his working life as a steam train driver. I was trying to track down any photos or information about his involvement with this profession. Thank you

  2. June Wilson says

    My family, Mum Dad and 5 children lived in tents on railway property at Barraba 1951 – 1954, the site was adjacent to the wheat silos. Dad rented 3 strong canvas tents with floors and good flays. He built a medium sized kitchen it stowed many precious items such as Mum’s Singer treadle sewing machine. All activities took place in the snug kitchen. Dad, Alan White was employed in the goods shed. Mum was a tiny lady who toiled very hard. I was 8yrs of age when we set up home and I remember Mum shedding a tear here and there during those 3 years. No running water, fuel stove,lamps and candles for our lighting. The copper set with wood stoked by Dad on Monday mornings ready for Mum to spend many ours hanging sheets, towels and all the clothing items for a family of 7. Life was tough but fun for we five kids. My memories are really vivid. I have written an account through the eyes of an 8-11 year old. We lived so close to the line that the rumble of the steam engines passing by and coming in to be turned around was so distinct there was no way the sound/vibrations could be ignored. After that short scene setting account I would love to know the engine number/s using the West Tamworth to Barraba line in those 3 years. With thanks June Wilson (White) PS The images on “Steam Stories” are really great I love the landscape settings, I gives me a real buzz of the times we went to the “Annual Railway Picnic”/s, a recap on my childhood.

    • John Gaydon says

      June what a great story, I will see what our historians can come up with regards locos in the area over that period.

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