Northern Exposures Singleton Area

This page was specially prepared to show some of the photographs in “Northern Exposures” for the Singleton area. The scans are low resolution to allow for fast loading of the web page. The book is of exceptionally high quality and Ross Verdich, head of ARHS publications described it as possibly the best ever

Copies can be ordered for $75 including delivery on line by clicking on the link below.

Singleton Area Information

The book covers steam operations in the late 1960s to early 1970s recording the last few years, before diesels took over all railway movements. At this time, steam was very active in the area, in particular the coal trains to Liddell Mines and the Singleton passenger, one of the longest continual steam hauled trains in Australia.

Late 1969 standard goods locos were still working to Muswellbrook. Two coal trains are seen passing at Singleton


singleton pasenger shittiingham bank 3246
The famous Singleton Passenger climbs out of Whittingham on an early frosty morning in 1972


AD60 Liddell coal train
A 60 class Garratt leaving Liddell Mine with a load of coal destined for Port Waratah


hunter river bridge singleton AD60 coal train
A 60 class crosses the Hunter River Bridge at Singleton on a coal train bound for Muswellbrook


Singelton Heights steam train
Another shot of a coal train climbing Singleton Heights


These are just a few photos from the book taken in the Singleton area. There is extensive coverage of the Singleton passenger, as well as freight operations in the area. There is a section of photos on Singleton and a section featuring the Singleton passenger. It presents in full colour much of the steam railway history that is now gone forever. You can order the book at or phone John on 0411 139 312


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