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I read this because my mum was reading it when she visited me last I love dogs so much, that s why this gets three stars. Really loved this sweet true story about a dog Bob in the 1800s who travelled on the SA Railway Bob was loved and cared for by many and had a real personality This book was an easy read with lots of little tales about Bob s adventures and interactions Great to immerse yourself in a different time place in Australian history Recommended. The Railway Dog The True Story of an Outback Dog by Olwyn Parker presents itself as a True Story and I certainly acknowledge Bob the Railway Dog did exist and I am certainly prepared to accept that the stories about him that Ms Parker presents in this book are founded on fact Obviously the dialogue, etc, in the book is not strictly factual but is a mechanism for telling the story and that s just fine Ms Parker s writing is somewhat na ve It reminded me of a children s story but that The Railway Dog The True Story of an Outback Dog by Olwyn Parker presents itself as a True Story and I certainly acknowledge Bob the Railway Dog did exist and I am certainly prepared to accept that the stories about him that Ms Parker presents in this book are founded on fact Obviously the dialogue, etc, in the book is not strictly factual but is a mechanism for telling the story and that s just fine Ms Parker s writing is somewhat na ve It reminded me of a children s story but that s OK too however, when writing a True Story you have to get the historical facts correct and this requires research Ms Parker clearly knows or has found out very little about the railways of South Australia and, in a broader sense, how Australian history is incorrectly reflected in her true story The details that jarred with me 1 In Chapter 2, we are introduced to the first human hero, Will Will is an employee of the South Australian Railways and a member of the locomotive footplate crew He s not the driver that s John McDonald so he must be the fireman But isn t he a little old at 50 to only be a fireman at a country depot This is most unlikely 2 In Chapter 3, Will is promoted to Assistant Stationmaster at Peterborough This is again most unlikely, as train crew and station staff were two different operational groups and there would have been very little staff movement between, especially for 50 year old staff 3 Evenincredible was Will s involuntary transfer to Perth The South Australian Railway system was a colony based system In 1889, Federation is still 12 years away as is the Western Australian Government Railway system This independence continued after Federation and, whilst staff might have left one organisation and gone to another, this would have been strictly voluntary 4 Finally, and perhaps most jarring of all, is the farewell scene in June 1889 when Will and his wife Mary say goodbye to Bob at the railway station from the train that was taking William and Mary far away to the other side of the country Unfortunately, the line connecting SA and WA wasn t opened until 17 October 1917, 316 months later I would ve thought that every Australian schoolchild would have learnt that the construction of an East West railway was one of WA s conditions for joining Federation These errors markedly jarred my enjoyment when reading this otherwise charming, if not somewhat na ve book What a shame More thorough scholarship would have given this work muchcredibility From my perspective, as it stands, the claim of being a TRUE story twice on the front cover alone renders this work open to a claim of being false and misleading I enjoyed this book a lotthan I imagined I would I think it was the combination of the familiar South Australian geography a rarity in even Australian books , and the sweetness of a simpler time There are many aspects of this book that should ve annoyed me, but somehow, I just find myself liking it instead. .Read Kindle ♞ The Railway Dog: The True Story Of An Outback Dog ♨ Set amidst South Australia s beautiful but isolated mid north, The Railway Dog tells the true story of Bob, a scruffy brown stray, bought on impulse by a local railway man as a gift for his wife and setting in motion the beginnings of a legendRecognized near and far for his cheery bark, waving tail, and devotion to train travel Bob quickly became a beloved member of the tight knit railway community Charming, humorous, and at times intensely moving, the adventures of Bob the Railway Dog, entwined with the lives of the fascinating people he meets on his journeys make for an inspiring and touching Australian story