Following the popularity of the earlier supplemental
issue the ILN produced a 44 page ‘The Cape-to-Cairo route’
which hymns the praise of the South African Railways
(Appendix List No. 94). It was in 1857
that a railroad was simultaneously begun from Alexandria in the north
and from Cape Town in the south. Then, in 1930, the two ends of the
projected railway were approaching each other. The supplement, issued
on February 22nd 1930, celebrates this engineering dream about to be
realized and presents a detailed illustrated review of all those countries
that the railway had already passed through or was about to pass through.
The cover is a fine coloured illustration by C. E. Turner of the ‘Union
Express’ a train-de-luxe which could cover the 900 mile run from
Cape Town to Johannesburg in 28 hours.
This issue is number 4740, vol. 176, measuring 38 x 27 cm and priced
at one shilling.
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