New Book by Local Author celebrates Railway Centenary

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New Book by Local Author celebrates Railway Centenary

Posted on: 29.05.2019

Book lovers, train enthusiasts and interested community members are invited to the launch of James Whitfield's newest book, Picton to Mittagong Main Line Railway Centenary 1919 – 2019.

Library Services Team Leader, Gail Dunn said, “James is a well-known local author, having published and launched Wollondilly in Focus last year.”

“James will be selling and signing his book at the launch on Thursday 27 June at 4.30pm in the Wollondilly Library View Room,” she said.

James was born in 1942, in the sandstone house named “Redbank Cottage” in Picton. Photography has been one of his major interests since he started to take and develop black and white photographs on a box brownie camera when he was young.

Apart from taking photographs of family, sporting events, nature and wildlife, James also has a keen interest in the railways of NSW, especially the history of the railways through the Wollondilly Shire.

Over many years James has photographed and witnessed the changes in the operation of the NSW Railways, from the steam era through to the present day.

In his new book James explores the trains, stations, tunnels, bridges and why the deviation line was necessary. The deviation railway line was opened on 13 July 1919, replacing the original main southern railway section from Picton to Mittagong via Thirlmere.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the launch, for $30.00 each. This is a free event with refreshments provided, however bookings are essential. Call the Library on 4677 8300 for more information.

Photograph: The morning train from Central to Goulburn arriving at Picton Station. By James Whitfield (25.5.1975).