Title Details

All Manner of Trains

An overview of Australia's railways.
Year : 1962 | Total Duration : 36 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Malcolm Otton |
Diesel train toward camera and past as it goes across road at railway crossing. CU of train driver. Train travels away from camera. Opening credits. Train along railway tracks on water edge. Goods train travels in countryside. Signal post changes as the train moves past. WS of Blue Mountains gorge with train in distance. Countryside of Tasmania with train travelling in distance. Far West Express in NSW country area travels towards camera. Goods train carrying timber logs. Coonamble Mail train passes through station. Steam train passes over small rail bridge with sheep grazing in FG. Silver electric suburban train travels into tunnel. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 23800 | 2 mins 32 secs | 1960s | Blue Mountains, NSW; Tasmania, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Map of Australia. Red arrows appear east to west and south to north highlighting the vast continent. Map illustrates different size rail gauges of each state and the plan to have a unified rail gauge by 1967. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 23815 | 1 min 3 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Exterior Cairns Railway Station. Passengers arriving by taxis receive their luggage from the driver. Railway platform with train waiting to depart. Railway guard on platform. Passenger in cabin farewells men on platform. The Sunlander (1207) departs the station. Map of Australia illustrating states and rail journey from Cairns to Melbourne. Passenger on train has ticket checked by guard. Aerial shot of train travelling in country. Cane cutters at work. Sunlander travelling through coastal plains of Queensland. CU of cattle in pens. Aerial of train travelling in rural Queensland. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 23816 | 1 min 44 secs | 1960s | Cairns, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
City Hall, City of Brisbane. View of the Storey Bridge and Brisbane River. Man enters Brisbane Railway station and presents his ticket to the guard. He boards the Brisbane Limited. POV front of train travelling over the bridge at Grafton, NSW. Banana plantation. Farmer cuts bunch of bananas off tree. Wheels of train moving over track. Dawn over the Hawkesbury River. Train travelling over bridge at Brooklyn. Train enters tunnel. POV driver coming out of tunnel. WS of Central Station. Brisbane Limited arrives at Central Station. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 23825 | 2 mins 16 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, Qld; Grafton, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Bennelong Point. Opera House under construction in BG. View of Sydney Harbour Bridge with cargo ship travelling underneath. Harbour Bridge. Train travelling over Sydney Harbour Bridge. Circular Quay and the Cahill Expressway. Daylight Express travelling in Victorian countryside. Man smoking on train looks out window. POV passenger to view from moving train. Train changes locomotive and crew at Albury Railway Station. Train driver in Spirit of Progress crosses bridge over the Murray River. Melbourne city street with traffic and trams. High angle shot of large group of pedestrians crossing road. Views of Melbourne city centre. Map illustrating route of train journey from Victoria to Perth. Overland train moving through country. Vineyard with grape pickers. CU of train travelling. Male passenger lifts blind in his train cabin. POV train driver looking ahead at tracks as train moves. Adelaide city street. Park with large pond. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 23849 | 3 mins 6 secs | 1960s | Sydney, Albury, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Port Pirie Express travelling from Adelaide. Port Pirie railway platform . Trolleys with baggage are loaded on to train. Passengers board Trans Continental train. Interior shots of lounge carriage with passengers talking and reading newspapers. POV drivers carriage of tracks along desert. Aerials of Nullarbor Plain with train. Passengers eating in dining car. LS of train in Nullarbor shows flat landscape. Railway tracks POV driver. Train passes line of telegraph poles. Pan of Kalgoorlie. Statue of Patrick Hannon discoverer of the ÒGolden MileÓ. Train travels past wheat fields on the journey to Perth, passing steam train. Mokine railway station. Diesel train travels around bend in bush land. The Westland arrives Perth Railway Station. Perth street scenes. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 23869 | 2 mins 55 secs | 1960s | Adelaide, Port Pirie, SA; Nullarbor Plain, Kalgoorlie, Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Perth street scenes. WS Swan River. Open plan office with men at design drawing boards. Photographs of train interiors are shown. NSW railway workshop. Workers welding and constructing locomotives and carriage interiors. WS Alice Springs. Ghan waiting at Alice Springs platform. Passengers board including nuns in habits. Ghan departs. People on platform wave farewell. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 23909 | 3 mins 1 sec | 1960s | Perth, WA; Alice Springs, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Alice Springs goods yard. Large blocks of ice dropped into container for cold storage. Truck delivering drums of uranium ore from Tennant Creek. Bags of copper ore from the Peko Mine loaded onto goods train. Port Augusta railway platform. Man loads trolley of goods onto the Tea and Sugar train. Residents of Pimba greet the train and collect their goods. Boys in cowboy outfits with toy guns hold up Tea and Sugar train. Train drivers play along with game. Far West children's Health Scheme on train. Mobile Baby Health Clinic. Babies weighed by nursing sister as mother watches. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 23940 | 2 mins 33 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, NT; Port Augusta, Pimba, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Man picks a pineapple from bush. Cattle yard. Tractor being lifted from truck. Two men using grappling hooks shift bales of wool. Freight train in WA carrying wheat grain travels through rocky countryside. Hopper truck train carrying raw sugar travels through Queensland. Train pulls in at Nyngan, NSW station. Goods unloaded. Station master in office. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 23986 | 1 min 30 secs | 1960s | Nyngan, NSW; Qld; WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Flocks of sheep in pens. Male and female farmers move sheep out of pens up ramp into stock carriage. Sheep dog barking. Cattle moved into carriage of freight train. Train sets off. Aerial view of Port Kembla steel works. Heat from furnace. Container from ship loaded onto freight train using industrial pulley. Fast freight carrying mineral ore on Broken Hill to Port Pirie line. Smelting works at Port Pirie. Open cut coal mine at Leigh Creek, SA. Telford Station. Coal train leaves mine for power station at Port Augusta, SA. Brown coal deposit at Geelong, Vic. Mechanised coal production. Travelling coal train. Tasmanian eucalyptus log lifted by crane onto logging train. Train starts journey through Derwent Valley. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 24004 | 4 mins 10 secs | 1960s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Mount Lyell. Train carries sheets of copper from the Mount Lyell Mining Company. Travels through mountain landscape. King River Gorge. Steam train towards camera. Railway lines in outback disappearing into horizon. Central Australia Railway. Train guard directing the pick-a-back of a narrow gauge wagon riding on top of a standard gauge flat topped wagon. Army truck loaded onto road freighter. Men secure truck with chains. Moving crane carrying vehicle body passes row of Holden car bodies sitting atop freighter. Train track on Nullarbor. Trans freight with car bodies arrives at Kalgoorlie. Car body lifted off freighter. Trucks driven off freighter. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 24053 | 2 mins 41 secs | 1960s | Mount Lyell,Tasmania, Maree, Nullarbor, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Track maintenance in outback. Man operates Jackson Track Maintainer machine. Signal man in signal box as diesel rail car travels past. Train driver in red diesel (nicknamed a Red Hen in South Australia). POV train as it travels over suburban rail crossing. Bluebird country train (operates from Adelaide) travels through countryside. Self-propelled diesel rail car travelling in SA. Interior of rail car with passengers and driver. Sydney - Newcastle express comes out of tunnel. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 24091 | 1 min 33 secs | 1960s | SA, Sydney, Melbourne, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Diesel train travelling on Albury to Melbourne standard gauge line. Passengers on train reading newspapers. Train guard checks his fob watch. Passengers eating in dining car. Train arrives at Melbourne station. Surveying country area for the Kalgoorlie to Perth standard gauge railway line. Two surveyors operate instruments. Passenger train travels through countryside. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 24146 | 2 mins 26 secs | 1960s | Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS train entering Central Railway Station, Sydney. Peak hour commuters at Sydney underground railway station (City Circle). Crowded platform with train. View of Sydney Harbour Bridge from Circular Quay railway platform. Red and silver electric trains. Train arriving at Milson's Point station. Stainless steel country train on route to Lithgow. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 122919 | 1 min 32 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Australind, interurban train operates between Perth and Bunbury departs station. Gippsland, interurban train departs Melbourne for Bairnsdale. Harris electric suburban train travelling on Melbourne tracks. View of Mount Isa. Trucks at Mount Isa mine. Reconstruction of railway from Mount Isa to the coast. Machine dropping long length welded rail on track. Furnace welding rail. Track manufacturing in South Australia. Rail in Mount Isa being lifted out by rail workers in preparation for new track. New rail fastened with hand driven machine. Hopper drops load of ballast. Grader levels ballast. Port of Townsville. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 122920 | 2 mins 49 secs | 1960s | Perth, Bunbury, WA; Melbourne, Vic, Mount Isa, Townsville, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |