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Excerpt from Report of Walter Gwynn, Chief Engineer of the Blue Rail Road Company, in South Carolina, to a Meeting of the Stockholders: Held in Charleston, the 22d November, 1856 Gentlemen, - I have the honor to report the operations of the Engineer Department since the 17th day of March last, the date of my appointment to the office of Chief Engineer of the Company. I deem it proper, before entering upon a recital of the duties to which my attention has been particularly directed, to state at least the general condition of the work, when it was committed to my charge. 1. The Rail Road. Having for its termini Anderson Court House, in South Carolina, and Knoxville, in Tennessee, known as the "Blue Ridge Rail Road," had been located, and a contract entered into with Messrs. Anson Bangs Co. "to construct, finish, equip and furnish it." 2. The Graduation. The Contractors had sub-let the grading and culverts, or square drains, in South Carolina and Georgia; ground had been broken on every contract; some of the square drains had been completed, and some of the light work intervening between the heavy cuts and fills between Anderson and Walhalla had been reduced nearly to grade; but no portion of the graduation was in a state of preparation for the superstructure, nor had any materials been provided for the superstructure, either of iron, chairs, spikes, or cross-ties. 3. At the very commencement of the Road, and through Anderson, a deep cut, occupying the whole of the past season, with the best energies of the contractor exerted towards its completion, (which has just now been effected, ) was in an unfinished state. Four miles from Anderson, a contract, embracing a heavy excavation, including rock, had been discontinued. 4. The Masonry. Not a cubic yard of bridge masonry had been laid; a small quantity of stone had been prepared at Hayne's quarry for the bridge over Twenty-Three Mile Creek, and a few yards delivered; a quarry, known as Teagues quarry, near the bridge over Twenty-Six Mile Creek, was partially opened, and a few loads of rock, unsuitable for the masonry, was delivered. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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