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Friday, 14 May 1915

A number of waggons are now under contract, and these will enable the work to be pushed on; but further ballast waggons will be required, and the question of obtaining these is now in hand.

Locomotives, Carriages, and Waggons for Working the Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta Railway when completed.

The question of the rolling-stock that will be required is having full consideration, and plans, &c, are now in hand. Tenders will be called to permit of the stock being in readiness when the line is ready for the through public traffic. The data is not sufficiently advanced to permit of the estimate of the cost of such rolling-stock being submitted, but up to the 30th ultimo £432,286 has been expended on Tolling stock. " 4. The total expenditure on the railway to date ?"

The total payment from Loan Funds for the Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta Railway to 19th ultimo is £3,319,737, which is inclusive of payments for locomotives, rolling-stock, also workshop machinery and equipment, the greater portion of which will remain for the working and the upkeep of the line after completion. The amount includes moneys remitted to London to provide for payments there, also the value of stores and materials on hand. (Signed) Norris G. Bell,.

Acting Commissioner and Engineer-in-Chief.

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