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-THE PARLlliiENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRAljlA.

INTERIM RE.PORT

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ROYAL COMMISSION

ON

POW,ELLISED AND OTHER TIMBERS.

Presenter! h?J Comma,nd : orrlererl to be pn'nted, 22nd Apn'l. J 914-.

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Pr.inted a.nd Published for the GOVJtRNlBNT of the COMMONWEALTH of by A LBERT J. M ULLETT,

Government Printer for tbe State of

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INTERIM REPORT.

To His Excellency the Right Honorable THOMAS BARON DENMAN, a Member­ of His Majesty's Most Honorable Privy Council, Knight Grand Gross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Governor-General and Com­ mander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of AusJKalia.

MAY IT PLEASE YouR ExcELLENCY:

We, as Commissioners appointed by Your Excellency in Commission issued by Letters Patent, dated the 19th December, 1913, empowering us to inquire into all matters pertaining to any contracts -and agreements proposed or entered into for the use of powellised and other timbers, and all matters incidental to the proposed use of powellised sleepers and other timber in connexion with the construction of the railway from Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie, respectfully beg to advise that, in view of the opinions

obtained on sworn evidence before the Commission from some of the highest engineering officials in the Commonwealth, we think it would be wise for your advisers to seriously consider the advisability of constructing the balance of the Transcontinental Railway with sleepers 8 feet x 10 inches x 5 inches in lieu of sleepers 9 feet x 10 inches x 5 inches, giving, according to Mr. Fraser, Acting Commissioner of Railways, New South Wales, an equally efficient road, and a saving of from £100 to £120 per mile, or from £70,000-to £100,000 in the construction of the railway.

H. GREGORY, Chairman. REG. J. BURCHELL, Member. JAMES BENNETT, - ,, HUGH SINCLAIR, ,

W. J. McWILLIAMS, , A. POYNTON, ,

While concurring in the opinion that a shorter sleeper is advisable, I consider-· that an 8 feet 6 inches x 10 inches x 5 inches sleeper would be the most efficient and_ economical, as now used by the Pennsylvania Railway, U.S.A.

KING O'MALLEY.

Melbourne, 3rd February, 1914.

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