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Chapter 7

I The First 100 Years 1788-1888

II Railways
i Location of the Railway
ii Track
iii Bridging and Tunnelling
iv Dams for Engine Water
v Locomotives and Rolling Stock
vi Signalling and Telecommunications
vii 1900/1988-The New Century
viii The Garratt Locomotive
ix Steam Locomotive Practice
x Motor Railcars
xi Signalling
xii Electric Tramways
xiii Electric Railways - Direct Current
xiv Electric Railways - 25 kV ac
xv Diesel Traction
xvi Alignment and Track
xvii Operations

III Motorised Vehicles

IV Aviation

V Modern Shipping

VI Innovative Small Craft

VII Conclusion

VIII Acknowledgements

IX Contributors



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Bridging and Tunnelling

While the timber railway trestle bridge and the composite iron and timber truss were essentially American in origin, and the stone and brick arch were essentially British, there is no evidence of Australia having contributed its own unique railway bridge form in the Victorian era. There were many fine examples of wrought iron box girder construction, stone and brick arches, lattice girders, trestles, and composite trusses on our early railways. Steel construction in essentially proven forms was, however, soon available using plate girders, pin jointed trusses, high pylon towers, and other essentially conventional forms of these technologies (see chapter 6).

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