Men At Work once sang about venturing to a land Down Under in their somewhat patriotic 1981 track.
The song raced to the top of the charts in their homeland of Australia as well as the UK, US, New Zealand and Ireland. It gave people all around the world a glimpse of the majesty of the great land of Australia and struck a chord with natives. Despite large sections of the nation being sparsely populated, the country is still a beautiful sights. Impressive beaches on the Gold and Sunshine Coast combined with rugged outback make it a must for tourists.
However, the nation also has a rich history in producing some truly magnificent steam engines which travelled the length and breadth of the nation delivering freight and passengers. Train travel was vital to connect people living in remote areas of Western Australian to reach the major cities such as Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
Here are a selection of some of the finest engines to grace the Australian rails.
Taking its name from the famous steam locomotive constructed between 1813 and 1814 by English engineer William Hedley, the Puffing Billy has been described as "Australia's favourite steam train".
The heritage line has been operational since 1900 and is one of the best preserved steam railways around the world. Running from Belgrave to Gembrook through the Dandenong Ranges near to Melbourne it has now become a major tourist attraction.
It features a series of steam trains that have been running since the railway's inception and has been maintained by a team of 900 dedicated volunteers working around the year.
Built by famous Australian train building company Clyde Engineering the NSWGR 3801 was a prominent feature on the nation's railways following its creation in 1943. The Pacific 4-6-2 express passenger steam train is the country's best known locomotive and travelled throughout the country.
It was responsible for pulling services such as the Newcastle Flyer and the Melbourne Limited for the New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR). It was withdrawn in September 1962 when a "final run" was set up although the 3801 continued through to December.
Since it has left the rails it has gone through a series of restoration projects, however in May 2013 New South Wales transport minister, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian stated that due to the importance of the 3801 it would be made a priority for the Transport Heritage NSW to return it to service.
New South Wales D57 class
Another product of the Clyde Engineering production line the New South Wales D57 class was an absolute giant of the tracks. These locomotives were among the heaviest in Australia and included a 24 tonne axle load.
The D57s were put to work as passenger trains on the Illawrra line, Wallerawang on the Main Western line serving places such as Thirroul. They were also used to make the journey to Junee on the Main South line.
Due to their high efficiency they were given the nickname of Lazy Lizzies as they made heavy workings seem easy. Some even dubbed them Chuckling Charlies due to the syncopated exhaust beat.
Sadly, like with all steam trains, the service had to be withdrawn as electric locomotives took over and the entire D57 class was retired by 1961.