Remembering The Last days Of Steam In NSW

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Your Chance to Obtain a Brand New High Quality Hard Cover Book Where 26 of the Best  NSW Railway Photographers Combine for a Definitive Full Colour Pictorial Covering the Last Few Years of Steam Operations in Northern NSW.


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Northern Exposures is about reminiscing. It is for all those who cherish fond memories of a by-gone era when simply being near a steam locomotive stimulated the senses. Includes 299 Exceptional Colour Images and detailed information on railway operations in the 1060s and 70s.


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Glowing Review In Australasian Model Railway Magazine

“It certainly is an excellent book. It will be getting a glowing review in the December issue of AMRM!”

James McInerney Production Manager AMRM



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From the Cadeco stable renowned for its quality railway productions, comes the latest ‘must have’ title. Northern Exposures celebrates NSWGR in the northern regions of the state for the final years of steam operations. The Cadeco name brings together photographers with long and formidable reputations in the field of railway photography – names like Shane McCarthy, Greg Triplett, Graham Cotterall, Ray Love, Laurie Anderson, Robert Kingsford-Smith, and many others.This book is destined to be a collector’s piece you can use to share stories and memories of what it was like back in the days when steam was King. We have printed limited copies and it will sell out.

Divided into chapters based broadly on regional operations, the book starts with the Gosford-Newcastle section – the Short North – and stretches beyond to the Queensland border at Wallangarra and South Brisbane plus branch lines. This full colour, high quality publication pays tribute to NSW steam in every aspect of daily life. But Northern Exposures is much more than a photographic essay .

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3813 speeds through Ourimbah on 254 morning flyer Gosford bound – John Allerton

Each section is penned by someone who was there, recalling the detail and anecdotes of the time. You may have been around back then, or know someone who was. You will read about the 65 foot tree scaled by rail fans for spectacular shots, super fast steam runs on the Newcastle Flyer, the Merriwa branch, North Coast and Northern Lines which spread all the way to Brisbane via coastal and inland routes.

“Northern Exposures” relives the history of those days. Many of us were still at school wagging classes, fare evading and walking long distances just to get a precious shot or two. At one stage we set up camp at famous Hawkmount and there were many nights sleeping on unattended railway stations. It was an incredible period in steam history.


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Double 59s on the North Coast line – Greg Triplett


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NSW Steam Railway Phtographers Newcastle station Aged but not daunted, many of the photographers featured in “Northern Exposures” are among this group, as are the authors. The idea of this superb publication was born on this trip headed by 3642, reliving the days of the “Newcastle Flyer“, possibly the most famous train in NSW over the last 75 years.It has taken 2 years, but from a scribble on a scrap of paper on that trip, “Northern Exposures” has developed into a full blown masterpiece representing the very best of steam photography north of Sydney.

To give you an idea of the content, this is a list of Chapter Headings. I even managed to get one of my own in, having timed over 30 Newcastle Flyers during the 1960s and early 1970s.

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3036 and 3616 on 13 Glen Innes Mail leaving Werris Creek – Graham Cotterall
Preface – Malcom Holdsworth
INTRODUCTION – Col Gilbertson
  • Detailed information about train workings on the short north in the 1960s and 1970s
  • A must for railway modellers seeking authentic information
  • Information on motive power available at different times during this period
  • Explains the development of motive power combinations and why
  • Going North in December 1968 – David Shield
  • Moving Tonnage – Brian Pycock
  • Timing the Flyers – John Gaydon
  • Hallowed Ground Hawkmount – Robert Kingsford-Smith
  • Hallowed Ground Fassifern – David Shield


  • The Wangi Sprint – Robert Kingsford-Smith
  • Broadmeadow – George Bamberry
  • Port Waratah – George bamberry
  • The North Coast with the 59s – John Ward
  • To Merriwa and Back – Shane O’Neill
  • Cab Riding Steam – Graham Cotterall
  • Coming Home on No. 18 – Robert Kingsford-Smith

For me, the most exciting part of this book is the extensive coverage of the North Coast and Main Northern lines during the latter days of steam. To whet your appetite, I have included a photo I took in the Moombi Ranges north of Tamworth, unfortunately of a special with 3526 and 3246 at the helm.

3526 and 3246 in the Moombi Ranges 1971

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