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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎3v] (15/544)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (268 folios). It was created in 1910-1912. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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The two larger tunnels also appear to be giving the. engineers pause, especially
that through the Taurus at Bozanti. Reliable information is scarce, bnt I have it
from a good source that the site of this tunnel has not yet been definitely decided
upon; it is variously estimated that from three to five years will see the work
completed; the latter figure is the more likely to be correct. As to the Arslanli B(|
tunnel, the German delegate at Baghtche, Herr Anders (now r acting vice-consul at
Adana), told me that excavation was going on at the rate of 2 metres a-day on each
working face, but, as during my short day’s stay at Baghtche he avoided showing
Mr. Childs or myself the work in progress, I venture to doubt his statement. The
boring of the two smaller tunnels between Baghtche and the Amauns is also
progressing, though not very speedily.
Buildings at the new station, which lies nearly a mile to the north of the old and
quite outside of the town, are about one-third completed. At Yenidje, Zeitounli, and
Chakir-Pacha, on the Mersina-Adana line, they may be said to be ready. In the
stations east of Adana work is not far advanced, though even at Baghtche, more than
20 miles beyond the present railhead, some few buildings are going up. Between
Ma’moure and Baghtche the greater part of the embankment is finished, though in the
valley of the Baghtche there is one large gap of about 2 miles, and at one point there
will be necessary a difficult piece of bridging some 100 yards long over the bed of the
At present it must be said that the work is going forward very slowly. In the
Taurus this state of things cannot be helped, as progress can only be made during the
summer and autumn. Moreover, prices are rising, and with them the labour bill,
which even in the beginning was very considerably underestimated. There are
rumours that the finances of the railway are at a low ebb, but I see no particular
reason to believe it. Be that as it may, the company has recently raised both the
passenger and the freight charges on the Adana-Mersina Railway by about 30 per cent.

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, newspaper cuttings, maps and notes, relating to negotiations over the proposed Berlin to Baghdad Railway in the period 1910-1912.

The discussion in the volume relates to the economic, commercial, political and military considerations impinging on British strategy for the international negotiations over the development of a railway to Baghdad.

Further discussion surrounds the motivations and strategies of British competitors in the area; included in the volume is a copy of the Russo-German agreement.

The principal correspondents in the volume include Sir Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Sir Gerard Augustus Lowther, Ambassador to Constantinople.

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1 volume (268 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 2764 (Bagdad Railway) consists of five volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/56-60. The volumes are divided into five parts with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 269; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out. Pagination: a pagination sequence in red crayon is present between ff 244-252.

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