[…] The object of this paper is to describe the type of railway which in my opinion is best adapted for opening up territory to trade in the shortest time and at the least possible cost, but which shall at the same time possess a large carrying capacity. It is most important in the interests of any undeveloped Colony that the cost per mile of railway communication should be reduced to the lowest figure compatible with efficiency and sufficient carrying capacity. I want to show you why a pioneer railway should be cheap, and some of the results that follow cheapness.