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

Muswellbrook Area Photos In Northern Exposures

Steam trains operated in the Muswellbrook area until the early 1970s. While the main line expresses ended in the mid 1960s, there were still some freight workings and the Colliery lines, plus the all important Merriwa branch.

Here is a selection of photos from “Northern Exposures” a full colour pictorial which includes high quality colour photos from the time plus stories on steam operations, including a trip to Merriwa.

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Muswellbrook Photos From Northern Exposures.

5275 standard goods ravensworth steam train

5275 crosses the bridge at Ravensworth bound for Musswellbrook


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3654 at the OAK Dairy siding in Muswellbrook


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A Garratt on a general freight at Antienne in 1968


muswellbrook no 2 colliery 59 class steam loco

Two 59 class shunting at Muswellbrook No 2 Colliery in 1969


c30 merriwa railway line

A C30 on the Merriwa line, a favourite of ours around 1970.


C3090T merriwa steam mixed train

3090 on the Merriwa mixed between Sandy Hollow and Merriwa

3090 on the Merriwa mixed between Sandy Hollow and Merriwa

There are plenty more photos in the area as this was a major focus in the book.

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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

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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


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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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