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A study in railway economics : with special reference to the government railways of Tasmania


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Hytten, Torleiv 1928 , 'A study in railway economics : with special reference to the government railways of Tasmania', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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1. This thesis has been undertaken as a first attempt to an analysis

of the economics of railway transport in Australia. The first

intention was merely a study of the revenue and expenditure of the

Tasmanian Government Railways, but in order to get the necessary

perspective, it was essential to study the methods of other Australian

railway sustems as well. This part of the work is contained in the

first nine sections of the thesis, which also includes the geographic

and historical settings of the problem.
2. In the processs of gathering the material for this part of the work

a lot of interesting material was met with concerning the capital

position of both the Tasmanian and other Australian railway systems

and some of the other problems facing Australian railways. It happened

fortunately that while the thesis was being written the Royal

Commission enquiring into the position of the Victorian Railways was

sitting, and a lot of material, much of which will soon be buried in

the back files of Melbourne newspapers, became available. For this

reason the last four sections were added to the thesis, which

therefore naturally falls into two parts. Since the completion of the

work the Victorian Commission has issued its report, and as the

evidence before the Commission has been referred to in several places,

an appendix (No. XIV) has been added dealing briefly with some of the

relevant findings of the Commission. The Mechanical Transport Sub-

Committee of the Development and Migration Commission is at present

investigating the position of the Tasmanian Railways, but has so far

published no report, and has not taken evidence in public.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Hytten, Torleiv
Keywords: railroads, economic aspects, Tasmanian Government Railways, Tasmania, economics of railway transport
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