YM, I liked the anecdote about the R at Port Melbourne, too heavy for the Yarra bridge?
Radioman, sounds like Alex was a fascinating man. My father was a signalman and I've heard many a yarn in signal boxes.
I'm interested in our railway social history, I think it is just as important as the technical aspects of railway history; how our railway families worked and lived.
For those interested, an old work but still relevant is Patsy Adam Smith's book, "Folklore of the Australian Railwaymen".