The first Ballarat book is complete and with the printer. The second book is also complete and at final proofing stage. A release date for both hasn’t been finalised yet but it is most likely to be in early October.
We have started working on the Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary) book which is planned for release later this year. The following title should be Rails around East Greta Junction but we may slip in a bus book instead. We have unpublished manuscripts from the late Robert Birrell and may use one of these in the Mini Profile format.
In early 2019 we are considering producing another book about Peterborough, replacing the current Peterborough – a railway town (which will soon be out of print). It will be in the larger format and not in the Mini Profile series.
The first Ballarat book is completed and at final proofing stage before going to the printer. The second Ballarat book is still under production, but shouldn’t be too far behind it.
Update 23/7 – We have finally been able to spend some time on the Ballarat book, in between our other projects. Although the book is only a pictorial it has become evident that we cannot squeeze all the information into one book, without leaving out some interesting subjects. We have now split the contents into two books; Rails around Ballarat – Buildings & Infrastructure and Rails around Ballarat – Locomotives and Rolling Stock. This has meant a renumbering of the Mini Profiles currently in production.
Mini Profile 18 – Rails around Ballarat – Buildings & Infrastructure
Mini Profile 19 – Rails around Ballarat – Locomotives & Rolling Stock
Rails around East Greta Junction
Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary)
The two Ballarat books will be released at the same time.
We have still been working on other projects and have done very little work on Rails around Ballarat. In mid June we did visit Ballarat to take a couple of present day photos for the book, but the end of July release is now looking very unlikely. We are actually running so late we may have to bring the Morris Oxford book forward as it needs to be finished well before the end of the year. There is no deadline for Rails around East Greta Junction.
We have recently added a few more images to our Gallery pages and there are now around 450 in total.
As our other projects have taken up most of out time we haven’t done any more work on Rails around Ballarat recently. All being well we do plan to finish the book by late July. The cover has not yet been finalised but we have attached a ‘work in progress’ copy. We’ll keep you informed of progress.
Amongst our other projects we are still working on Rails around Ballarat. Although we originally envisaged the coverage of this book would include nearby stations such as Ballan, Beaufort, Creswick and Lal Lal the amount of material available for just the city and immediate surrounds have caused a rethink. We were also going to include Ballarat’s trams but, together with the nearby stations, they have now all been put aside for future publications instead.
We have been concentrating on other projects during the month but have spent a little time working on Rails around Ballarat. We do not envisage any new book releases until the middle of the year, again due to our other commitments. However, the following are scheduled for production sometime during the year:
Mini Profile 18 – Rails around Ballarat
Mini Profile 19 – Rails around East Greta Junction
Mini Profile 20 – Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary)
As we have already had some orders for Rails around Yass we are releasing it now, rather than wait for the next book to be ready.
15/12 – We have updated our book price list – see Price List page.
Mini Profile 17 – Rails around Yass is now at the printers and should be ready next week, but we will still not be releasing it until early 2018.
Update 25/11 – We have now decided to produce four of the ‘Rails around’ type books to gauge response before continuing with that particular format. Unlike Rails around Peterborough – 1975-1989 the others have not been restricted to such a short period in time. Should the first book prove popular we have plenty of additional material to produce another Rails around Ballarat at a later date covering a more specific time period. We are already considering Rails around Peterborough – 1960-1974. A tentative program for book production/release for early 2018 has be organised and is as follows:
Mini Profile 17 – Rails around Yass
Mini Profile 18 – Rails around Ballarat
Mini Profile 19 – Rails around East Greta Junction
Mini Profile 20 – Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary)
There are another 20 titles in the Mini Profile series that have not yet been allocated a series number or production schedule, and work has commenced on a few of them already. Subject matter includes books about railways, tramways, buses, paddleboats and cars. Additional information and titles will be provided as they become more advanced.
Update 22/11 – Rails around Peterborough has been completed and is at the printers. We plan to release both Jumbos – Workhorses to the end and Rails around Peterborough in the week commencing 4th December.
Rails around Yass is now at the proof reading stage and we have started on Rails around Ballarat. Rails around Yass should be printed before Christmas but it will be released early in the new year together with Rails around Ballarat.
Update 12/11 – Rails around Peterborough has been completed and is at the proof reading stage. We are going to produce two or three ‘Rails around’ books to see if there is enough interest in this type of publication before committing to further titles.
Rails around Yass is currently in production, but we haven’t decided which ‘Rails around’ book will follow it.
We have just updated our book price list.
Jumbos – Workhorses to the end is now at the printers. Rails around Peterborough is still in production an we hope to have it completed by the end of the month. We are also looking at the subject matter for the next title in the series, but production may be delayed until we have completed work on the non transport related projects we have been working on since early this year.
We have looked at the cost of the Mini Profile series and will have to reluctantly increase the recommended retail price to $8.50 for new titles. This has become necessary mainly because we are now printing smaller quantities, which in turn makes the unit price higher.
Mini Profiles 1 to 14 – rrp $7.50
Mini Profiles 15 onwards – rrp $8.50
Rails around Peterborough is underway. We are still sorting through the hundreds of images to try and give an interesting coverage of the rail scene around the town. The cover photograph shows Flying Scotsman departing Peterborough on its return to Sydney in 1989. The bogie exchange is visible in the background.
Jumbos – Workhorses to the end. Final corrections are still to be done but the book should go to the printer early in November.
Update 16/10 – Jumbos – Workhorses to the end is currently being proof read and work is underway on Rails around Peterborough. We have reduced the years this book covers from 1975 to 1989. This way we include things like the Peterborough centenary, the Bicentennial train and the visit of Flying Scotsman.
Update 11/10 – Rails around Peterborough will be the next in our Mini Profile series. A small pictorial covering the railway scene around the town in more recent times.
Jumbos – Workhorses to the end is just about at the proofing stage. We will shortly be deciding on the next book in the series.
As we are now having shorter print runs there may need to be a price increase for new Mini Profiles. However, they will certainly not go over the $10 mark. Currently ‘in stock’ titles will not be affected.
We are still adding photos to our Gallery pages and there are currently just over 400.
We have restarted work on the second Jumbo book Jumbos – Workhorses to the end. It will be completed by the end of September but then still has to be proof read before printing and release later in the year.
Our Gallery section has been refreshed, new pages and over 30 new photographs have been added.
Due to lack of use we will be discontinuing our fax line in October. We receive less than half a dozen faxes a year as most of our customers have changed to email.
Riding the Wire Fence to the Alice is now out of print.
A brief update on our book production. We had initially planned to reprint Riding the Wire Fence to the Alice but have now decided to put any reprints on hold for at least a couple of years and to concentrate on new titles instead.
Production wise we are still working on non transport related projects. While we are well advanced we can see at least another months work ahead. Once complete we will produce two Mini Profiles in quick succession. The second Jumbo book will be the first but we are not sure which other one will be next at this stage. We’ll keep you informed.
Nothing new to add on the book publishing front as we are still busy working on other private publications.
We can now confirm that we will be removing postcards from our range and, as we have tens of thousands of postcards in stock, we are offering very special prices on all bulk orders.
We are going to be offering special prices on all of our postcard range and if there are any particular stock postcards you are interested in please contact us for a greatly discounted price.
We have made very little progress with the second Jumbo book and this is mainly due to the non transport related projects we have underway at the moment. It is still the next book to be released but we may have to push the printing date beyond July.
From around October 2018 we plan to concentrate more on transport publishing, with numerous titles in the pipeline. There should then be a steady flow of new titles again.
We have updated our Gallery with a few more new photographs.
We are now looking at a July release for the second Jumbo book.
Stock is getting very low of Riding the Wire Fence to the Alice, but as it is a very popular title we are looking at reprinting it later this year.
Please note Proceed to Hawker is now out of print and at this stage we have no plans for a reprint.
No release date has been set from the next Jumbo book but it will not be before late April/early May.
After a long Christmas break we have now started work on the second Jumbo book. There are another 20 books proposed in the Mini Profile series but we only plan to release a few of them this year. As soon as we have release dates we will put them on this website.
Jumbos – The early years. The first of the two books about the STA 2000 railcars will now be released on Monday 12th December. It is part of our Mini Profile series (number fourteen) with a recommended retail price of $7.50.
We are currently working on more books in this series for release in 2017. More details will provided early next year.
We have just updated our Book List page and will be adding more images to the Gallery pages shortly.
As we are approaching the end of the year we would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and friends for your support during 2016 and would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We hope you have a prosperous 2017.
Steve & Anne
Tony Finneran is looking at expressions of interest for a small reprint of his first book ‘Gone But Not Forgotten – Lost Liveries of Sydney’s Route Buses’. If you are interested in obtaining a copy please contact him.
EOI’s can be lodged via: gbnf.com.au
We plan to send the first Jumbo book to the printer in the next few days. We may not release it until next year, when the second book is complete.
Our Gallery has also been updated with some new images.
The first of the two Jumbo books is at the proof reading stage. However, the release date hasn’t been set yet.
We are currently working on the two Jumbo books and now hope to release them sometime before Christmas. Apart from that we have added a number of new images to our website gallery pages.
Steaming through the Pass – Port Augusta to Woolshed Flat – was released on 5th August.
We have had a change of plans and will not be releasing the Jumbo book(s) until October. The reason is we will most likely being going back to the original plan of one book for design, concept and construction, and a second book will cover in service to scrapping. Both books will be released at the same time. More news as we progress.
Our Price List page has now been updated with our July 2016 price list.
Steaming through the Pass – Port Augusta to Woolshed Flat – is complete and at proof reading stage. It will go to the printers next week.
Trolleys East – is in stock and will be released at the end of this week (8/7). Steaming through the Pass – Quorn to Woolshed Flat – is due to be collected from the printers later this week and will also be released on the 8th.
Steaming through the Pass – Port Augusta to Woolshed Flat – is just about complete and should go to the printers shortly. Jumbos – STA 2000 class railcars – is in production.
Trolleys East – is now in stock and will be released in July. Steaming through the Pass – Quorn to Woolshed Flat – has been completed and is just about ready to go to the printers for release in July. Steaming through the Pass – Port Augusta to Woolshed Flat – About half finished and scheduled for release in August. Jumbos – STA 2000 class railcars – Has been started and will receive priority when Steaming through the Pass – Port Augusta to Woolshed Flat is complete. It is also scheduled for an August release. Following these four books we have two NSW subject titles tentatively scheduled.
Steaming through the Pass – is now almost complete and will go to the printers early next week. However, there has been a change in content and title. It is now Steaming through the Pass – Quorn to Woolshed Flat. We had to split it into two books as we couldn’t cull the photographs any more without leaving too many gaps. Needless to say the second volume – Steaming through the Pass – Port Augusta to Woolshed Flat – is already underway. It should be released with the Jumbo book, which is now titled Jumbos – STA 2000 class railcars. We have dropped the ‘early years’ from the title and will instead make the book a brief history from start to finish.
Trolleys East is at the printers and we are currently working on Steaming through the Pass – release in July is on schedule.
We have started preliminary work on two Mini Profile books – Trolleys East and Steaming through the Pass. Both are planned for release in July.
Just a reminder that the next few publications in this series may not have the previously advertised number as we are trying to complete books 1 to 14 before re-allocating new numbers. In future a series number will not be allocated until the book is finished.
We have placed an updated price list on the Price List page as quite a few postcards are now out of stock.
We are about to start working on our Mini Profile series again but we will not be releasing any new books until July. Stay turned for more information.
We have added more images to our Gallery pages and will be updating our price list soon as a number of postcards are now out of print. There has been no progress with new book titles and we do not envisage starting production again before April at the earliest.
Happy New Year to all of our customers and friends.
The new year has come with some changes to the structure of Railmac. On 31st December 2015 we ceased our consultancy work and commenced our retirement. However, this does not mean no more new books as we plan to continue with book publishing, but only as a hobby.
In mid January we plan to start working on the Jumbo railcar book and this will be followed by another of the Mini Profiles.
Update 1/12/15 – the Morris 25 on the Rails – SAR Motor Inspection Cars book is currently at the printers and is due for release the week commencing 14/12/15. The City of Adelaide – Historic Clipper Ship book will also be released at the same time.
We will have completed ten books in this series during 2015 and have more planned for 2016. Please note that the next few publications in this series may not have the previously advertised number as we are trying to complete books 1 to 14 before re-allocating new numbers. In future a series number will not be allocated until the book is finished.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and friends for your support during the year and would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and we hope you have a prosperous 2016.
Steve & Anne
Update 20/11/15 – the City of Adelaide book is in stock but will not be released until December. Morris 25 on the Rails – is currently in production and is planned for a December release.
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