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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 68

[introduction]

A General Account of the country through which the Midland Railway runs, and of some of its Principal Productions; also Descriptive Notes as to the Company's Exhibit in the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition, Dunedin, 1889.

The construction of this railway on the land grant system has been undertaken by a Company formed in England for the purpose, which has contracted to complete the line of 235 miles within ten years. Although 17 miles are now finished and opened for traffic, the work has been delayed pending settlement of negotiations between the New Zealand Government and the Company as to details of the contract which required amending. These being now completed, the works are being pushed ahead again with vigour.

Contracts to the extent of £150,000 for formation of permanent way hare been let within the last few months, and tenders for work costing a similar amount will be called for immediately, to be followed by further contracts as quickly as the of the undertaking will permit engineering skill to cany it through.

The Company is to receive grants of land as each section of line is completed to the extent of about 50 per cent, of the cost of such sections.

The Route of the Railway lies from the Government line at Springfield, near Christchurch, on the East Coast, to Brunnerton, near the port of Greymoute on the West Coast, and thence in a northerly direction via Reefton, until it joins Government line running from the Port of Nelson southwards to Belgrove.