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by Bob McKillop
& Michael Pearson
UPNG Press  1997
170 pages
photos, illustrations, maps
ISBN: 978-9980840967
Cover Price: 80 PGK
Language: English

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End of The Line
A History of Railways in Papua New Guinea

This book details the history of railways in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The book begins with a forward by Dr. John Waiko, MP then minister of education and an esteemed PNG historian. Chapters include a historical overview, then detailed study explores the history of rail roads and railway lines in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

End of the Line covers railway lines, tramways and other uses of rails and railroads. Chapters detail the German New Guinea era, Australian Territory of Papua era, Mandated Territory of New Guinea and World War II era, postwar era and PNG independence era.

This book includes historical photographs of rail roads plus contemporary photos of former railways and rail road wreckage. The book also includes excellent maps of railway lines and diagrams of their use. Most early railway lines were used to support early mining operations for gold and copper. Others were used on plantations to transport copra to loading areas or wharfs. During World War II, both the Allies and Japanese used railway lines to a limited degree. Postwar and to this day, railways continued to be used in commercial mining operations.

Review by Justin Taylan  

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