1914 Railway Board Map of the Railway Networks in India, Burma, and Sri Lanka

RailwayIndia-railwayboard-1914
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Map of Railway Systems in India, Burma, and Ceylon.
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1914 Railway Board Map of the Railway Networks in India, Burma, and Sri Lanka

RailwayIndia-railwayboard-1914

Extraordinary map depicting the vast railway network in British India at the outbreak of WWI.

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Title


Map of Railway Systems in India, Burma, and Ceylon.
  1914 (dated)    33 x 34.5 in (83.82 x 87.63 cm)     1 : 4055040

Description


This is a 1914 Railway Department or Railway Board map of the railway systems in India, Burma, and Sri Lanka (Ceylon). The map depicts the region from Chitral and Kabul (Afghanistan) to Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean and from Afghanistan and the Arabian Sea to Burma. A visually enthralling piece, each railway is illustrated 'in a distinctive colour.' This allows for the viewer to easily distinguish between the numerous different railway companies, rendering the complexity of the railway system immediately recognizable. The lines employed to depict the railways are not only different colors, but different thicknesses as well. The differences in width of the lines correlates to differences in railway gauge, which rapidly relates another of the complexities within to the network.

Seventeen different inset maps frame the central image. Eleven of these inset maps depict the immediate vicinity of various cities in India, including Gujarat, Bombay (Mumbai), Calcutta, and Delhi. A regional map of the River Services in Bengal is situated along the bottom border, along with two other regional maps: one of Malaysia and Sumatra and another of the Indian Empire. Another regional map, depicting Afghanistan and parts of Persia, Russian Turkistan, and Beluchistan, is located in the upper left corner. At the upper right, a large inset map of The World and its Highways by Land and Sea is included, bearing a detailed depiction of rail routes and sea lanes from Alaska to the Bering Sea and from the Arctic Ocean to Tierra del Fuego. Below that map, lies the final inset map, of the proposed rail route from London to Bombay, which, per the map, is a 5700 miles journey which would be completed in seven days.

The map itself is highly detailed, with myriad cities, towns, and villages labeled throughout on every line. Rivers, lakes,a nd mountains are also labeled. Distances between cities are marked along all the routes, as well as on the road network, which is also depicted. This incredible map was compiled for the Railway Department (Railway Board) of India by J.H. Trott and printed at Thomason College in 1914.

Condition


Very good. Wear along original fold lines. Blank on verso.

References


OCLC 31991153.