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SPIRIT OF PROGRESS - By Chris Banger and Phil Dunn
 

SPIRIT OF PROGRESS - By Chris Banger and Phil Dunn

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The Spirit of Progress made it's first run in November 1937 and was the premier train of the Victorian leg of the Melbourne to Sydney interstate passenger service. In April 1962 it was able to run through to Sydney after the Albury to Melbourne standard gauge line had been opened, and ran until August 1986, when it was amalgamated with the Southern Aurora to create the Melbourne Express in the south bound direction and Sydney Express in the north bound direction between Melbourne and Sydney. The history of the Spirit of Progress from it's conception to it's demise in 1986, including an overview of the S class Pacific locomotives that hauled the train between 1937 and 1954, is the subject of this book.
 
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