RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 143/21/4
DescriptionFolder of presscuttings, telex reports and magazine articles on railways in Iraq, including reports of new lines being constructed, Iraq's plans to extend the country's rail network by some 3000km despite war with Iran (1985), modernisation of carriages (Baghdad Observer, 9 December 1984), fifty years of Iraq railways (22 April 1985), MEED reports on railway projects and foreign contractors, three 7" x 9.5" black and white photographs showing a) children walking along a covered walkway outside a flat-roofed building with newly-constructed terraces b) a group of men seated at desks inside a small room watching some sort of technical demonstration c) the interior of a railway yard showing three rows of tracks being laid out, an aticle on the new Baghdad-Qaem rail route (1985), reports on passengers taking the opportunity to travel on historic steam locomotives along the narrow-gauge Baghdad-Kirkuk line in January 1984, material on the Indian Railway Construction Company (IRCON)'s contract to build a line between Mussayib and Samawa, notes on technology such as railway carriage modernisaton and computerised control systems, a map of Iraq's main railway network handdrawn on transparency paper, the opening in Abu Ghraib of a new factory manufacturing railway sleepers (1989), photocopied pages (pp.86-99) from an unknown book on the history of railways in Iraq, an eight-page typescript on 'Railway Development in Iraq' by Alfred K. Zuber and Dietrich Theurer, news of high speed rail for Iraq, a photocopied article from International Railway Journal (August 1985) on lack of investment in rail networks around Turkey and the Middle East, a map of rail routes in Saudi Arabia, iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran, typed lists of bridges and tunnels on rail routes, a photocopied article by Anthony Daniels on 'Electrifying isolated lines in desert regions' for Railway Gazette International (February 1982), UK involvement in a feasibility study on the Baghdad-Basra railway project and subsequent bid for the contract which was won by British Rail company Transmark (1982), and other cuttings on rail factories, new loop lines and other developments.
LanguageEnglish; Arabic
Access StatusOpen
Creator_NameCrusoe; Jonathan Richard Huthwaite (1953-1991); journalist and writer
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