C1916

Plan Shewing Train Capacity of Proposed Electric Railways.

Map showing the frequency of the trams as proposed map by John Bradfield of his far sighted vision for Sydney’s tramways. Interestingly the train frequencies shown of around 25 trains per hour on most lines compares with present day frequencies … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Plan Shewing Train Capacity of Proposed Electric Railways.

Date:

C1916

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

380mm 
x 324mm

Paper Size: 

412mm 
x 335mm
AUTHENTICITY
Plan Shewing Train Capacity of Proposed Electric Railways. - Antique Map from 1916

Genuine antique
dated:

1916

Description:

Map showing the frequency of the trams as proposed map by John Bradfield of his far sighted vision for Sydney’s tramways. Interestingly the train frequencies shown of around 25 trains per hour on most lines compares with present day frequencies of three minutes or better in the underground core, 5–10 minutes at most major stations all day, 15 minutes at most minor stations.

In 1913 Bradfield was made chief engineer for metropolitan railway construction. Plans for a city railway were already well developed by his predecessors. The following year Bradfield went overseas to investigate new approaches to metropolitan railway construction. Early the following year he reported on the proposed electric lines for the city of Sydney.  Most of his proposals were deferred as a general war economy measure. 

Bradfield stated, ‘The transit problems of greater Sydney’, that his scheme of suburban electrification would benefit large property owners, new home purchasers and the general public by opening up new land, with quicker transport and cheaper fares. He predicted that Sydney’s population would reach at least 2,226,000 by 1950.  

John Job Crew Bradfield (1867 - 1917)

Bradfield was a civil engineer, who passed the Sydney senior public examination in 1885, gaining the medal for chemistry. Dux of his school, he won a Queensland government university exhibition and in 1886 matriculated at the University of Sydney. From St Andrew's College, he continued his brilliant academic career, graduating B.E. with the University Gold Medal in 1889. civil engineer, was born on 26 December 1867 at Sandgate, Queensland, fourth son of John Edward Bradfield, labourer and Crimean War veteran, and his wife Maria, née Crew. An associate from 1893 of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, he graduated M.E. with first-class honours and the University Medal in 1896. He went on to receive numerous awards and medals throughout his career.

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