General Report of the Board of Trade in Regard to the Share and Loan Capital, Traffic in Passengers and Goods, and the Working Expenditure and Net Profits from Railway Working of the Railway Companies of the United Kingdom for the Year[s]

General Report of the Board of Trade in Regard to the Share and Loan Capital, Traffic in Passengers and Goods, and the Working Expenditure and Net Profits from Railway Working of the Railway Companies of the United Kingdom for the Year[s]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...of Stornberg, at a distance of about 40 miles from Queenstown. The skilled workmen, and also a certain number of navvies employed in the construction of this railway, have been and are still being introduced from Europe by the Cape Government; but the bulk of the manual labour for the earth-works is furnished by the native tribes. In 1874 a general scheme of railway construction was submitted by the ministry and approved, under which a sum of nearly five millions sterling (4,805,080!.) is to be raised, chiefly on loan at 4% per cent., for the purpose of extending the former lines and constructing others so as to connect the principal towns of the interior with the seaports of Table Bay, Algoa Bay, and East London. The lines thus sanctioned, including the East London and Quecnstown line, amount in the aggregate to about 800 miles. One or other of them will no doubt eventually be extended to the Orange Free State and the diamond fields, a further distance of 300 or 4,00 miles. Fair progress is being made with 'all the lines under construction. No less than 9,000 labourers were-employed upon the works at the commencement of this year, of which number 7,000 were Kafirs; and it is hoped that by the end of the allotted period of five years the colony will be in possession of close upon 1,000 miles of railway. The gauge on all the Government lines is to be 3 ft. 6 in. There is also a line of railway in Namaqualand, 93 miles in length, constructed by the Cape Copper Mining Company, Limited, and running from Port N olloth to O'okeep. The gauge of this line is only 2ft. 6in., and mules are the principal tractive power, but locomotives are occasionally used. The cost of the construction of this railway was approximately 160,000l., and...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236974069
  • 9781236974068