The special aura and excitement of the steam age will always be remembered. For a long time the sound of a steam train whistle was one of the most romantic sounds heard in cities, towns and bush areas across Australia. Because of its vast distances and great emptiness, Australia had a special need for railways, and it was an important part of life. Steam Trains of Australia looks at the last days of steam, and the efforts of preserve trains and tracks. This DVD provides a rare and fascinating perspective on a rich slice of Australian life.