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Wednesday, 17 June 1914

Senator McCOLL - The answers are -

1.   Yes.

2.   Yes; but it must be remembered that until comparatively recently the only locomotives available were the low-powered second-hand engines which were not very suitable for tracklaying purposes, being more adapted for shunting. 3 and 4. If the country had merely to be levelled off there would be no difficulty in employing the requisite number of men to keep the formation sufficiently far ahead to keep the track-layer fully employed, but where, in country not well provided with water, cuttings and embankments have to be made and bridges and culverts built, it is not practicable to employ sufficient men to permit of continuous plate-laying.

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