Title Details

Railways at Work

Designed for classroom use, this film looks at rail transport in Australia.
Series : Transport in Australia | Episode : 1 | Year : 1964 | Total Duration : 15.5 Minutes | Producer : Malcolm Otton
Director : Bern Gandy |
Train travels on city track. Train arriving at country rail station. Passengers carrying luggage board train. Bags of mail loaded onto train. Parcels loaded off train. Two men using grappling hooks shift bales of wool. Farmers move sheep out of pens up ramp into stock carriage. Train on the rack railway carries sheets of copper. Front of steam train drives towards camera. Heavy loaded freight train with minerals travels along suburban track. Freight train on rail bridge travels towards camera.
Access No. 24221 | 1 min 30 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Map of Australia with capital cities marked. The state and interstate rail network is represented by branching white lines.
Access No. 24226 | 1 min | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of railway workers including signal man, gangers repairing tracks, yardmen coupling up the carriages, worker examining the wheels and undercarriage for safety, engine drivers boarding engine cabin, station master, men loading goods on and off train and porter checking passengers ticket. Railway workshop. Tradesmen on platform work on carriage frame. Diesel engine loaded onto locomotive. Worker gives hand instructions.
Access No. 24237 | 1 min 14 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Passenger train travels past camera. Train travelling over rail bridge. Train through mountain cutting. Train enters tunnel and comes out of tunnel. Train travels through tropics. Train through wheat area of WA. Train crossing Nullarbor Plain. Passengers on train talking and reading newspapers in Lounge cart. Passengers eating in dining cart. Passenger train travelling through countryside.
Access No. 24238 | 1 min 25 secs | 1960s | Nullarbor, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Loaded freight train leaves rail yard. Freight train travelling through countryside. Tractor lifted from truck on t goods train. Moving crane carrying vehicle body passes row of Holden car bodies sitting atop freighter. Using the shunting system loaded goods trains are assembled in marshalling yard. Shunter releases brakes of train. Points switched to enable truck to go on correct line. Freight train travelling in countryside.
Access No. 24239 | 1 min 42 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Road truck loaded onto freighter. Men secure truck with chains. Nullarbor Plain train, the Tea and Sugar, loaded with groceries. Men wheel trolleys into carriage. Tea and Sugar train travelling. Women and children of railway workers in outback area greet train and collect their goods.
Access No. 24251 | 1 min 11 secs | 1960s | Nullarbor Plain, NT. Western District, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Cattle loaded on to steam train. Steam train in workshop. Steam train travelling towards camera. Steam train travelling backwards through main street of Port Pirie, SA , shunting freight between the goods yard and steel works. Two rail workers at front of train ring bell alerting pedestrians. Boy with trolley hurries over tracks losing some fruit on way. Express steam train travelling through countryside. Flock of sheep nearby. The diesel locomotive, Sunlander, travels past camera.
Access No. 24253 | 1 min 10 secs | 1960s | Port Pirie, SA., Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Train travelling through countryside. View of Circular Quay, Sydney. Aerial view of industrial site. Alice Springs railway platform. Passengers at train and boarding. Mail and parcels loaded onto train. Guard on platform in front of Alice Springs station sign. POV train departing platform with people on platform farewelling train. Nullarbor train, the Tea and Sugar loaded with groceries. Men wheel trolleys in to carriage. Tea and Sugar train travelling.
Access No. 24532 | 1 min 31 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, Nullarbor Plains, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Man with metal grinder cuts front of diesel frame. Men screw frame of passenger seat on to carriage interior. Completed carriage wheeled out of workshop. View of rocky country. Two surveyors operate instruments. Long length of welded rail lifted by rail workers onto flat top rail truck. Machine dropping rail on track. Tracks laid by gangers onto heavy wood sleepers. Indigenous rail workers. Rail fastened by iron spikes. Hopper drops load of ballast. Grader levels ballast.
Access No. 122921 | 1 min 46 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Farmers moving sheep and cattle out of pens onto stock train. Sheep dog barking. Hopper truck train carrying raw sugar travels through Queensland. Tasmanian eucalyptus log lifted by crane onto logging train. Train travelling with loads of logs. Coal dropped onto top of coal train. Coal train leaves mine at Leigh Creek, SA for power station at Port Augusta, SA. Mechanised coal production at open cut mine. Travelling train.
Access No. 122925 | 1 min 22 secs | 1960s | SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Health Clinic train in the Western District of NSW. Far West Children's Health Scheme, Baby Health Centre No 1 painted sign on front of rail car. Mothers with babies in prams arrive at clinic. Interior of clinic. Nursing sister attends to mothers and their children. Baby weighed. Mothers talking holding babies on their laps.
Access No. 122987 | 20 secs | 1960s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Interior of travelling diesel single rail car with passengers. Driver at front pulls signal. Diesel passenger train in South Australia, called the Red Hen departs platform. Melbourne city rail lines with travelling electric train. View of Sydney Harbour Bridge. HA of train travelling over Sydney Harbour Bridge. City Circle underground rail service of Sydney. Passengers on crowded platform alighting and boarding train during peak hour. Electric passenger train travelling in Blue Mountains area.
Access No. 122988 | 1 min | 1960s | Melbourne, VIC, Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |