C1916

The City Railway. Chief Railway Commissioner's Scheme, 1912. Underground Tramways shewn in Blue.

Rare plan of Sydney railway and tramways by John Bradfield from his far visionary proposals for the planning and construction of Sydney’s railway system. Bradfield had designed a visionary railway and tramway system for Sydney. His proposal which was accepted … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The City Railway. Chief Railway Commissioner’s Scheme, 1912. Underground Tramways shewn in Blue.

Date:

C1916

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued. Laid on archival linen.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

760mm 
x 260mm

Paper Size: 

800mm 
x 274mm
AUTHENTICITY
The City Railway. Chief Railway Commissioner's Scheme, 1912. Underground Tramways shewn in Blue. - Antique Map from 1916

Genuine antique
dated:

1916

Description:

Rare plan of Sydney railway and tramways by John Bradfield from his far visionary proposals for the planning and construction of Sydney’s railway system.

Bradfield had designed a visionary railway and tramway system for Sydney. His proposal which was accepted was for the electrification of the inner railways to Parramatta, Hornsby, Sutherland and Bankstown. The construction of the City Electrical Railway to the Eastern, Western and Northern Suburbs, the construction of two long span cantilever bridges across the harbour. The electrification of outer suburban railway network to Penrith, Campbelltown, Waterfall and to the Hawkesbury River. As well as the construction of underground tramways which was estimate to cost approximately ‎£20,000,000 at the time. On the 13th October, 1915 the state government established an act, ‘City and Suburban Electric Railways Act, 1915′ which also approved the provision to construct the railway and tram network as well as providing additional power from the White Bay Power Station at estimated cost of ‎£6,400,000 and for additional rolling stock of ‎£3,600,000. Construction was to begin in 1916 and take an estimated four years to complete. Unfortunately because of the Depression which had a catastrophic effect on Government expenditure and the increasing private car ownership put a stop to many of Bradfield’s proposals were never carried out.

Collections:
National Gallery Australia: Bib ID 970121
State Library New South Wales: Reference code (AuSN) b41761820-61slnsw_inst

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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