Australian Railway Historical Society

"For all who are interested in Railways"

When a group of six Railway enthusiasts met for the first time on the 19th May 1933 in Sydney to form the Great Railway Circle of Australia they had no idea that this meeting would mark the beginnings of Australia’s greatest Railway preservation group. From simple beginnings the organisation blossomed and was renamed the Australian Railway and Locomotive Historical Society in 1936 with the first offshoot being a branch in Victoria in 1945.

As interstate interest and membership grew the organisation was again renamed the Australian Railway Historical Society. At this time a division was established in South Australia with subsequent divisions forming in Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania finally the ACT (Canberra).

The Queensland Division was formed in 1957 and then incorporated in 1968 as a non-profit company with liability limited by guarantee. It has one regional Committee in Townsville. To achieve its object of the promotion of the appreciation of railway heritage in Queensland the ARHS – QLD Division has a wide range of operations overseen by a Board Structure. These operations include –

  • The operation of a Tourist and Heritage Railway on the former Marburg Branch under the “Rosewood Railway” banner
  • The running of regular mainline Steam Train tours utilising the heritage fleet of Queensland Rail
  • The publication of books relating to Queensland Railway History under the “Look Out Press” publishing brand
  • The acquisition and maintenance of a collection of significant books, magazines and railway memorabilia as the Ken Rogers Memorial Library

With a myriad of activities on offer we are confident there is something for all who are interested in Railways...

This was the Railway

This was the Railway


This book is a sampling of the photographic output of a person considered by many to be Queensland’s best railway photographer – Eric Marggraf.