What’s New

June 2022

Update 5/6 – Our two new Stations Remembered books were release as planned last week.

Our two Jumbo books are getting very low on stock and we plan to reprint one of them in July.

May 2022

Update 24/5 – Both of our new titles will be released on Monday 30th May.

The Clipper Ship City of Adelaide book is now in stock again.

Checking our stock levels the first of the Jumbo books is very low but we intend to reprint it around July. Stock of the second Jumbo book is also starting to get low.

Yesterday we updated the Flying Scotsman page in our  Gallery by adding a number of new photographs.

Update 13/5 – The Abbeville and Georgetown is at the printers and we are now looking at releasing it and the Yacka & Gulnare book during the first week in June. We should also have our new stock of the Clipper Ship City of Adelaide by then.

We have placed an updated Price List on our Price List page.

Update 2/5 – The Abbeville and Georgetown book is now complete and at the proof reading stage.

April 2022

Update 28/4 – The Yacka & Gulnare book is at the printer and has been OK’d to print. We also have the Clipper Ship City of Adelaide book with them to reprint a small quantity as we are out of stock of this title. They also have another book we produced for a museum that is also ready for printing. The Abbeville and Georgetown book is nearing completion and we hope to have it ready for proof reading by the weekend.

Update 24/4 – The Yacka & Gulnare book is ready to go to the printer on Tuesday. There has been a slight change with the Georgetown book as we have now dropped Gladstone from the contents. We have enough information and illustrations from Abbeville and Georgetown to fill the book. As we originally planned Gladstone will be a stand alone title at a later date.

As for a release date we are now looking at the first week in June for both books.

With the change to the Georgetown book we have placed the updated cover below.

Update 2/4 – The Yacka & Gulnare book is still at the proof reading stage and we are still working on the Georgetown & Gladstone book.

March 2022

Update 24/3 – Covers are now ready for the Yacka & Gulnare and Georgetown & Gladstone books.

Update 23/3 – The Yacka & Gulnare book is now finished and is at the proof reading stage. We will now be concentrating on the Georgetown & Gladstone book, as well as continuing with other publishing projects. As soon as the front cover for the Georgetown & Gladstone book is finished we will put both of them on our website.

Update 18/3 – We have made progress with the Yacka, Gulnare & Georgetown book, however, we have the same problem as we had with the last titles in this series. We were over optimistic about what we could fit into a single book. Needless to say the above title has now been changed to Yacka & Gulnare, followed by Georgetown & Gladstone. We will only be touching on Gladstone as this station will have a book to itself later on. Once the covers are organised we will put them on our website and also email those customers that want to be kept up to date.

While the Yacka & Gulnare book is nearing completion we will release both titles at the same time. Work has already started on the Georgetown & Gladstone book.

February 2022

Update 27/2 – Unfortunately not a great deal of progress this month with our own books as we have been involved in other publishing projects. These were new projects and therefore not factored in to our previous update. However, we did a field trip today to update photos for the Yacka, Gulnare & Georgetown book. The photo selection for this book is now just about complete.

Over the past year book sales have declined considerably and because of this the other three books we have been working on are now on hold. Hopefully the situation will improve soon and we will put them back on the production schedule.

The City of Adelaide Clipper Ship book is now out of print again. We do plan to reprint it but not in the immediate future.

January 2022

Update 29/1 – A rather belated Happy New Year to everyone. We certainly hope 2022 is an improvement over last year.

We have made some progress with the Yacka, Gulnare & Georgetown book but will not be in a position to give an estimated release date until after mid February. By then we should be back to full time production.

December 2021

Update 20/12 – We are currently working on four books which we hope to release in the first half of 2022. They are:

Yacka, Gulnare & Georgetown
Gladstone
SAR Bluebirds
Wallaroo

About 10 years ago we started planning for a series of books which looked at some of the larger railway centres in SA. At the time we didn’t proceed with them, but their content would have been similar to our Stations Remembered series.  As we are finding it difficult to squeeze the Gladstone and Wallaroo books into a single book each we may revisit the series for these and similar larger railway centres. The railway centres series was going to be 48 pages each and A4 in size.

Meanwhile we wish everyone the compliments of the season.

Update 11/12 – We have started working on the Yacka, Gulnare and Georgetown book. There will be more updates soon.

November 2021

Update 21/11 – A new price list has been added to our price list page. Nothing really new apart from a price rise for two titles – from $7.50 to $8.50. They are;

0209 Jumbos – the Early Years
0205 City of Adelaide – A Clipper Ship

The City of Adelaide book has been reprinted a number of times in the past and we have absorbed the price increases, but as it is due for reprinting again we have made the small price adjustment.

Although we had intended to produce the Bluebird book next we may swap them around and slip one or two other titles in front of it. One of the two books to finish the rest of the Gladstone line is more advanced than the Bluebird book. It  covers Yacka, Gulnare and Georgetown. We were not going to worry about Gladstone at this stage but Graeme Dorling has kindly made the text for his Gladstone article available to us to incorporate the relevant portions, thereby saving us a lot of time.

Other titles in this series that have been started are books on Moonta and Wallaroo. Like Gladstone there will most likely be one book for each station.

Sales are still pretty flat but we may restart book production in December, rather than January, to try and get ahead.

Update 14/11 – We are planning to start book production again in January but at the moment we are making the most of our ‘free’ time to catch up on other projects. We have been scanning and allocating negatives and transparencies for future publication.

We will provide a more detailed update next month.

October 2021

Update 1/10 – We have added and updated book price list to our price list page. In addition we still have a considerable stock of postcards. There are too many to list but if you are looking for a specific card please contact us.

September 2021

Update 29/9 – We have added some more photographs to our Gallery pages, this time recent images of the Gawler line electrification. At a later date we will fill in some of the gaps in this page from over the past six months.

One of our book titles is now out of print:  (0194) Forty Years of Steam (Metro & West) and there are a few others that are getting very low. We will update our price list in the next few weeks.

Update 21/9 – We have been working more on the research side of books, rather than actual production for the past month. The main reason for this is we have been hesitant to publish anything new as sales have been very slow over the past three months. We had a good year last (financial) year with book sales the best in over five years, but so far this year sales are very slow. With some of our customers relying on interstate passing trade the lack traffic due to the travel  restrictions has impacted their sales, which continues down the supply chain. We will monitor things on a monthly basis but for the time being book production is on hold.

This is also the main reason we have not given release dates for our next new titles.

We are still undertaking research and will eventually complete those books currently underway. We had hoped to publish a minimum of six books each calendar year, but so far this year we have published just three.

While having a break from production we have been concentrating on scanning negatives – after a six month break. There are around 64,000 scanned so far with still a fair number to go. The sooner we have all of our photographs digitised the easier it will be to locate them.

Meanwhile we hope you stay safe and well.

August 2021

Update 25/8 – We have been working on a number of books over the past four weeks. The Bluebird book is scheduled to be the next one released but we are waiting on a couple of photographs before we progress any further. Other books in the pipeline are three more from the Stations Remembered series and also a book about the River Murray ferries in South Australia.

We have also undertaken some field research recently to update our files and have taken some present day photographs for future publications. A recent trip to the South East (of SA) enabled us to bring our photographs up to date with the railway remains around Mount Gambier, Millicent, Lucindale, Naracoorte, Penola, Tantanoola and Beachport. It was good to see Mount Gambier and Beachport former station buildings being well cared for, in fact the latter was still receiving renovations at the time of our trip.

July 2021

Update 26/7 – We have started preliminary work on our next book, although at this stage there is no release date planned.

We have updated and added extra pages to our listing of Railcard postcards.

Update 21/7 – With the new South Australian Covid lockdown in place we have changed our plans and may now start on the next book title shortly. Meanwhile we have had requests for a full list of our postcards and have included a new page on the website just for postcards. However, it will take a while to complete as a large number were never included in our Railcard series.

Update 7/7 – We haven’t been able to get back to book production yet and have now decided to delay work on our new titles until the end of this month. Hopefully we will have an update for you in a few weeks.

June 2021

Update 11/6 – Stations Remembered – SAR Blyth & Brinkworth was released as planned the week commencing Monday 31st May and all standing orders were delivered or posted. We have been involved in other projects over the past month or so but hope to get back to working on our next new title by the end of the month.

May 2021

Update 17/5 – The latest in our Stations Remembered series is due for release week commencing Monday 31st May. Following close behind Stations Remembered – SAR Halbury, Hoyleton & Kybunga the new title Stations Remembered – SAR Blyth & Brinkworth looks at these two stations and also Hart. With a recommended retail price of $8.50 (including GST) is now becomes the fifth book in this series.

While we have started on our next book very little progress will be made over the next few weeks due to other commitments. Please stay tuned for updates.

April 2021

Update 24/4 – Stations Remembered – SAR Blyth & Brinkworth is now complete and is at the proof reading stage.

Bluebirds – SAR Country Railcars is now in production with some preliminary work done. No release date has been scheduled yet.

Some preliminary work has also been done on Stations Remembered – SAR Yacka, Gulnare & Georgetown. 

Update 4/4 – All orders for our two new titles had been packed over Easter and will either be posted or delivered on Tuesday.

Newcastle’s Swansong of Steam and Stations Remembered – SAR Halbury, Hoyleton & Kybunga

March 2021

Update 19/3 – We have made some updates to this website with a new price list (effective 12th April 2021) and some additional images to the gallery pages.

Newcastle’s Swansong of Steam has been printed and will be collected next week. Stations Remembered – SAR Halbury, Hoyleton & Kybunga is now at the printers and should be ready by the end of the month.

As we a running a little behind with Stations Remembered – SAR Blyth & Brinkworth we will not wait until it is completed before releasing the other two.

The following two titles are now scheduled for release the first week in April.

Update 10/3 – Newcastle’s Swansong of Steam is at the printers.

Stations Remembered – SAR Halbury, Hoyleton & Kybunga is still at proof reading stage as we had some new information come to light and rewrote 5 pages. We are now back working on  Stations Remembered – SAR Blyth & Brinkworth.

February 2021

Update 28/2 – Newcastle’s Swansong of Steam is at the final proof reading stage and will be going to the printer shortly. Stations Remembered – SAR Halbury, Hoyleton & Kybunga is at proof reading stage while Stations Remembered – SAR Blyth & Brinkworth is well into production.

Update 19/2 – Newcastle’s Swansong of Steam is still at the proof reading stage.

We have had to make an adjustment to the  Stations Remembered – SAR Halbury, Hoyleton & Blyth book as we were finding it hard to squeeze everything into the one book. Blyth and Hart have now been removed from this book and the title has been changed to: Halbury, Hoyleton & Kybunga. Blyth and Hart will now go into the next book Blyth & Brinkworth. On the positive side this change now means we can make some of the photographs larger and even have two full page ones. Halbury, Hoyleton & Kybunga is complete but we just have to update a couple of photographs early next week and then it will go for proof reading.

Stations Remembered – SAR Blyth & Brinkworth. Will contain just Blyth, Hart and Brinkworth. If we have space we may include Boucaut as well but we will not know until it nears completion. We have started on this book and hope to complete it by the end of the month.

Update 10/2 – We have now completed Newcastle’s Swansong of Steam and it is ready for proof reading – which, despite being only a 28 page book, is still quite a big task with all the facts, figures and dates. Although based on some of the text from Newcastle’s Steam Finale there are quite a few new photographs as well as additional text.

We are now working on Stations Remembered – SAR Halbury, Hoyleton & Blyth – which we hope to have completed around the end of the month. Both books are scheduled to go to the printer in March for March/April release.

January 2021

Update 26/1 – We have added more photographs to the Gawler Line Electrification page and there are now over 150. We have also updated the Book List page.

Update 25/1 – We now have added the cover of Newcastle’s Swansong of Steam to this page. This book, in our Mini Profile series, uses text from a 1981 publication and follows the rundown of steam power around Newcastle from 1968 to 1973. Starting with a list of locos in the area in November 1968 it continues listing withdrawals loco by loco until the end.

Update 24/1 – We have added more photographs to the Gawler Line electrification page and have attached one of our next book covers. Stations Remembered – SAR Halbury, Hoyleton & Blyth will be in the same format as previous books in the series and covers the stations at: Halbury, Hoyleton, Kybunga, Blyth and Hart. At this stage we don’t have a release date but it will be a couple of months away by the time the book is finished, proof read and then printed.

Update 23/1 – We have added more photographs to the Gawler Line electrification page and there are now around 110 images. Every current station is covered as well as the last diesel railcar workings between Salisbury and Gawler. We will be continually adding to this page until the electric units are in regular service.

We have started looking at new book productions and the next two titles will be:

Newcastle’s Swansong of Steam

Stations Remembered – SAR Halbury, Hoyleton & Blyth

As soon as we have the covers organised we will put them on our website.

Update 18/1 – Another page of book covers (Page 7) has been added to our Book Covers page and a few more images to the Gallery.

Update 17/1 – Happy New Year to everyone. We hope you had a good Christmas and New Year break.

During the Christmas break we have been busy with admin work and also having a bit of a clear out. We plan to start working on the next new books later this week and should be able to confirm which titles are next then.

Meanwhile we have added a few more photos to the Gallery pages and also a new page looking at the electrification of the Adelaide to Gawler railway line. We have also added another page of book covers to the Book Covers page.

While clearing out our files we have come across three new titles that were never published, although they got as far as having their covers printed. Just for interest sake we have attached them below. They were printed between the early 1990s and early 2000s.

December 2020

Update 12/12 – Seasons Greetings

Update 10/12 – We have placed an updated price list on the ‘Price List’ page.

All standing orders for the three latest titles have been delivered and we have already received quite a number of repeat orders.

November 2020

Update 24/11 – Due to the recent Covid lockdown in SA The Transition Years book has been delayed by a couple of days and will now be ready on Friday. It will still be released at the end of this month and all being well local deliveries of the book will be made on Friday and the rest posted later in the afternoon.

Update 8/11 – Standing orders for the Semaphore and Dynon books were either delivered or posted on Friday 6th.

We have updated our Book List page and added our 40th Anniversary logo to our home page. The logo used is a mono version of our original one from the 1980s, with just the wording “40 Years of Publishing” added.

Update 5/11 – We now have both the Semaphore and Dynon books in stock. Standing orders have been packed and will be either delivered or posted tomorrow (Friday).

The Transition Years book is now with the printer and we are on schedule for a late November release.

While we are having a break from publishing over the Christmas and New Year period we have already started working on the next three books, which are planned for release from February. While we will provide more details later we can let you know that one is in the Stations Remembered series – Halbury, Holyleton & Blyth.

October 2020

Update 31/10 – A few more photographs have been added to the gallery pages – Railways (1960-1979).

Update 30/10 – Unfortunately we have a had a couple of production issues with both the Semaphore and Dynon books and as we have been away for five days these have only just been rectified. It has meant the release dates for both have been put back one or two weeks. On a more positive note The Transitions years book is back from proof reading and we will be making the corrections this weekend.

Update 16/10 – The Semaphore book is on schedule to be collected from the printer on Tuesday. The Dynon book is finished and the files will be delivered to the printer on Tuesday. We still plan to release both books at the end of this month.

The Transition Years book is at the proofreading stage and is on track to be ready at the end of November.

We have placed a new price list on the price list page.

Update 11/10 – The Semaphore book is now at the printer. The Dynon is finished and is currently being proof read. We plan to release both books at the end of this month.

Work has started again on the Transition Years book. Hopefully it will be ready for an end of November release.

Update 2/10 – The Semaphore book is currently being proof read and we hope to get it to the printer by the end of next week. Work is progressing on the Dynon book.

Additional photographs have been added to the Image Gallery on the Flying Scotsman page.

September 2020

Update 29/9 – The Semaphore book is now finished and we are getting it ready for proof reading. We will be starting on the Dynon book in the next few days.

Looking back over the past year it has been an interesting time with Covid-19 completely changing our lifestyles. One project we were involved in earlier in the year was the Morris Registers National Rally and apart from being on the organising committee we produced the rally book. The rally had to be cancelled but the book was still printed and distributed to entrants as a souvenir of what could have been. Hope fully we will have a much better 2021.

Update 19/9 – The Semaphore book is well advanced and should be finished by the end of next week. Then we will work on the Dynon book. We are on track to start working on The Transition Years book next month. All three should be released by the end on November.

Update 13/9 – The Truro book was either delivered or posted last week.

Update to the ‘Price List’ page. A new price list effective 1st October 2020 has been added.

Work is progressing well on the Stations Remembered – Semaphore & Exeter book. The plan is to have it finished by the end of the month. Planning for the Dynon book is complete and the images just need to be culled before being placed.

We now have the new chapters for The Transition Years book and hope to start working on it again early next month.

Update 9/9 – Updates to the ‘Book List’ page.

The Truro book has been printed and will be released this week as planned. For those trade customers with standing orders they will be posted or delivered on Thursday (10th). We have another private publication that has been completed and is also at the printer.

Nothing new to report on the Transition Years book but the next two titles are well advanced and we plan to release both of them at the end of October. We have attached the covers but please note they are work in progress and may change before they go to the printer. The Dynon book was a last minute inclusion and is a bit of an experiment as it is a pictorial with a very specific subject. You may also note it doesn’t carry a Mini Profile Number. The reason being it is easier for us as we seemed to be constantly renumbering as book priorities changed.

Update 1/9 – The Truro book artwork was delivered to the printer on 24th August.  We plan to release it around the 11th of this month. The Semaphore book is well into production.

August 2020

Update 18/8 – Updates to the ‘Book List’ page.

Update 16/8 – The Truro book is now finished and is at the proof reading stage. We need to replace a couple of photographs and will do that in the next week or so. After positive comments about the cover of the Truro book we are not going to change the photograph.

There has been no progress with the Transition Years book, likewise with the new Peterborough book. However, we have started work on the next Stations Remembered book – Semaphore and Exeter. Also preliminary work on the one to follow – Halbury, Hoyelton and Blyth.

Update 9/8 – We are making progress with the Truro book and are not far away from completing it. One of the delays has been with research as we have received contradictory information and have had to spend extra time trying to sort it out. We have attached the work in progress front cover. Its not the final version but we are getting close.

July 2020

Update 15/7 – Most of our regular retail customers now have stock of the Pichi Richi Railway book.

We are still working on the Truro book and have also started on the Semaphore and Exeter book. However, there has been no further progress on The Transition Years, which means we are unable to give a release date. At this stage it looks like the Truro book will jump the queue and be the next one to be printed.

The new Peterborough book is still at the planning stage.

June 2020

Update 3/6 – Since our last update we can add another retail outlet as a stockist of the Pichi Richi Railway book:

Meg’s Bookshop, Port Pirie SA

We are progressing with the Truro book, but cannot give a release date at this stage. Hopefully it will be within the next two months.

May 2020

Update 29/5 – Earlier in the week we started on another Stations Remembered book. It was a toss up between Truro and the Semaphore Line as to which one was next. We ended up choosing Truro, for no other reason than some of the research had already been done. It will cover the stations at Truro, Stockwell and Plush’s Corner, plus a couple of stopping places and for completeness we will mention the Penrice Quarry line. Space permitting we were going to include Angaston, which would have meant we will have the covered all the railway lines radiating from Nuriootpa, but this is unlikely due to lack of space. Featuring Angaston with Nuriootpa would be just about a book on its own.

22/5 –We have been busy with other projects but have made some progress on The Transition Years book. The other private publication is complete, apart from finishing the index.

We hadn’t really decided on which book will be next but we were thinking of another Mini Profile before starting on an updated Peterborough book. However, there was such a good response to our first Stations Remembered book we may slot in another one in this series first.

Since our last update we can add another retail outlet as a stockist of the Pichi Richi Railway book:

National Railway Museum Bookshop, Port Adelaide SA

Although the museum is still closed the bookshop is now open 3 days a week (22/5/20) from 11am until 3pm.

To all of our customers and friends we hope you stay safe and well.

April 2020

We are already into another month of lockdowns and we hope you are managing to cope with the restrictions, but more importantly that you are all safe and well.

On the book front we recently completed another private publication and we are now going back to work on The Transition Years. As we will be adding some new text and earlier allotments lists it may take a while to completed it.

While most of our customers with shop fronts are closed there are still a few that are trading that have a mail order service. The following have stock of the new Pichi Richi book. Please support them if you can.

Alco World, Ingleburn NSW

Junction Models, Gepps Cross SA

Orient Express, Unley SA

Train World, Brighton Vic

March 2020

Update 29/3 – We have placed an updated price list on our website – effective 1st April 2020.

Update 26/3 – As a lot of our customers have had to close their doors due to the virus we have included below those who are still trading, and will be stocking our new release. They have a mail order service.

Alco World, Ingleburn NSW

Junction Models, Gepps Cross SA

Orient Express, Unley SA

Please Note: Some may not jet have received their stock.

Update 25/3 – With the COVID-19 virus now affecting normal everyday life we hope that you are all taking care of yourselves and staying safe. Its going to be hard times for most and we certainly thank all of the medical people and carers for being at the front line.

We are aware that some of our customers have already had to temporarily close down and our thoughts are with you. Those  relying on mail order will no doubt continue as more people spend time at home. As we do not have a shop front we will continue trading through this crises. While post offices remain open and we have a supply of pre paid satchels we will continue supplying orders.

Update 24/3 – New title in stock and available from today: 0217 Pichi Richi Railway – A Brief History & Guide. Recommended retail price: $10.00.

Our next title (0217 Pichi Richi Railway – A Brief History & Guide) is currently at the printers and will be released later this month.

One of our next titles (0218 The Transition Years – Allotment lists covering the final years of NSWGR steam) will be produced at little later than originally planned. The reason is that it is being expanded to also look at some allotments lists for earlier years. Thereby making it an even better reference source.

We have just about finished the other book we were working on, which means we will soon be able to get back to our own titles again.

February 2020

Our next two Railmac titles will be:

0217 Pichi Richi Railway – A Brief History & Guide (A5 32pp plus cover rrp:$10.00)

0218 The Transition Years – Allotment lists covering the final years of NSWGR steam.

The Pichi Richi Railway book gives a brief history of the line and the Society, details of the train journey into the Pichi Richi Pass and then details and illustrations of the locomotives and carriages you are likely to see on the railway. It should make a great reference guide.

The Transition Years is a revised and enlarged edition of one of our early titles. The original has been out of print for a number of years and we don’t normally reprint old titles but due to numerous requests and support from Alco World we are producing this new edition. The finished product will be an interesting comparison as the original was printed with typed sheets of paper, cut to the size of the text, manually pasted on a board, then photographed to produce a negative film, followed by the plates ready for printing.

The first of our new books for this year is now complete and is at the proofing stage. The next book we are working on is not one of ours, but it will be followed by another one of our titles. Hopefully all three will be printed before Easter. We will provide more details shortly.

January 2020

A rather belated Happy New Year to all.

After a rather quiet 2019 for book publishing we have already been busy this year. We have four books to produce before Easter although one is not a Railmac title. Two books are well underway and we hope to have them finished shortly. The Mini Profile we started late last year is now being produced as a stand alone title. We will provide more details over the next week.