Bob the Railway Dog, Australia's famous train hitchhiking pooch, immortalised in print
Bob the Railway Dog, an icon of Peterborough in South Australia's mid-north, is again being celebrated with a book detailing some of his many adventures.
The grey-haired Smithfield sheepdog hitchhiked across Australia on trains in the 1880s and 1890s accompanying both stationmasters and passengers.
A book titled Bob's Railway has been written by author John Wilson, who said not enough people knew the icon's true story.
"Last year I wrote a book about the centenary of the railway to Clare called The Riesling Railway, and I mentioned Bob because he went to Clare," Mr Wilson said.
"I started digging around and I found that a lot which had been written about [Bob] was incorrect."
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There is even a book about Bob...
Yes, I do love Bob and I love this bookmark from Peterborough, South Australia, a town I have visited and passed through often.
Bob the Railway Dog (also known as "Terowie Bob") is part of South Australian Railways folklore. He travelled the South Australian Railways system in the later part of the 19th century, and was known widely to railwaymen of the day.
You can read all about Bob on his own website and also on Wikipedia.
In 2009 Bob was immortalised in a bronze sculpture located in Main Street, Peterborough and he is also featured in a set of information boards in the town of Terowie, SA.