Road trains are unique to Australia, and in the outback where there are no rail lines people depend almost entirely on the services provided by this remarkably efficient transport medium.
As camel trains began to fade into the background of transport in this country the first road train made its appearance in the Northern Territory. It was Government-owned and served remote stations and settlements throughout the Territory. The post-war period, especially the 1950s and 1960s, saw dramatic development of road train operations, as hauliers progressed from the use of sturdy ex-defence force vehicles to modern powerful British and American marques.
This book describes the success of the co-ordinated road-rail freight service as well as the rise and decline of companies and individual operators, and the problems caused by floods, the wet season, huge road bogs and other hazards are recounted and illustrated with numerous photographs.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 01 / 1998
- 180 x 240 x 13mm