Victorian Railways to 62 Leo J Harrigan

 
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Location: Ballarat, Australia
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https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Victorian-Railways-to-62-by-Leo-J-Harrigan/173320774715?hash=item285ab9243b:g:VEgAAOSwKyRat3BA

Just wanted to know if this book is any good, I hear people talking out it but have never read it.

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Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
Hi all

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Victorian-Railways-to-62-by-Leo-J-Harrigan/173320774715?hash=item285ab9243b:g:VEgAAOSwKyRat3BA

Just wanted to know if this book is any good, I hear people talking out it but have never read it.
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Everyone's opinion may differ...however suffice to say that if you are railfan you'll get something out of it. It has a lot of technical info as well lithograph type pictures.

This edition...obviously in pristine condition probably came from a deceased estate.

Mike.
  M636C Minister for Railways

I don't have a copy. I've read the book but my main interest is in locomotives, and this book doesn't give sufficient detail.
It is a good history of the VR and would be a worthwhile buy for that.

I do have a copy of the equivalent book on the NSWGR, published in 1955.
It similarly doesn't give a full history of locomotives, but the "Century of Locomotives" does that.
But the History does give some interesting additional facts, like the opening ball at Albury held in the goods shed being lit by electric power from a generator mounted on the tender of 2-2-2 No 15...

If you can get a copy of the small VR paperback "Power Parade Centenary Edition" or one of the later versions the two books combined would be a good overall coverage of the VR.

Peter
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Location: Shepparton
Hi all

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Victorian-Railways-to-62-by-Leo-J-Harrigan/173320774715?hash=item285ab9243b:g:VEgAAOSwKyRat3BA

Just wanted to know if this book is any good, I hear people talking out it but have never read it.
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Leo Harrigan was an historian, not a railfan.

He has written this from the point of view of the railway contribution to the growth of the State of Victoria. The narrative and images in this book somewhat reflect this point of view.

The book concludes its historical narrative with the opening of the Standard Gauge from Albury to Melbourne in 1962.

So if you are looking for full page glossy photos of Victorian Railways operating in now-defunct locations, it may pay to attend the other suggestions given here.

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