The first 100 years of State Railways in Namibia

This comprehensive and rare book surveys Namibia's railway history over the past 100 years before 1997.
Bravenboer, Brenda; Rusch, Walter K. E.
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Titel: The first 100 years of State Railways in Namibia
Authors: Brenda Bravenboer; Walter K. E. Rusch
Copyright Brenda Bravenboer & Walter K.E. Rusch
Editor: Cathrine Hoff
Publisher: TransNamib Museum
First edition. Windhoek, Namibia 1997
ISBN 0869764012 / ISBN 0-86976-401-2
Original softcover, 20 x 21 cm, 450 pages, numerous b/w photos, maps, English text


Good. Minor traces of unsage on cover. Inside clean.

About: The first 100 years of State Railways in Namibia

While literature on the subject of the railways of the early period of German colonial railways has been extensively printed, no comprehensive work had been published until 1997. This book, The first 100 years of State Railways in Namibia, is an attempt to survey the railway history of Namibia over the past 100 years. The building of railway systems evolved out of economic and military needs which also brought about the establishment of telephone and telegraph communication systems to the country. This development, beyond any question, contributed to a faster expansion of mining, farming and other activities in the territory. The industrialization in the world would not have been possible without railway systems to convey for example large quantities of ore and other bulk goods, over long distances. Only when roads were tarred, the railways faced stiff competition. Until this day steam locomotives as well as their technical development, fascinate many people. This book does not presume to give a complete railway history of this country as there are still many themes and aspects open for research to be done. It is trusted that a contribution has been made to the history of our country. May The first 100 years of State Railways in Namibia also serve to remember all railway workers who built the railway systems under sometimes very difficult circumstances, and who gave their loyal support to the railways over the past 100 years.

Content: The first 100 years of State Railways in Namibia

Railways - the beginning
Location and early history of South West Africa
Settlements in the Protectorate and the establishment of Windhoek- 1890
The Damaraland Concession - 1892
The transport system before the railways
The establishment of Swakopmund - 1892
The first railway line in German South West Africa at Cape Cross - 1895
The collapse of the transport system - the rinderpest epidemic - 1897
State involvement in the transport system - 1897
The construction of the mole 1899 - 1903
The Staatsbahn -
The planned route and its demarcation 1897 - 1902
The arrival of the first consignment of building material - 1897
The building of the Staatsbahn 1897 - 1900
Railway infrastructure
Maintenance of the line - 1900
Building of the Staatsbahn (continued) 1900- 1902
The first passenger train to reach Windhoek - 1902
The importance of the railway line in German South West Africa
Consolidation and ownership of the Staatsbahn - 1903
The settlement of Walvis Bay
The Walvis Bay landing facilities and tramway - 1898
Otavi Minen- und Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft - 1900
The Staatsbahn during the Herero uprising - 1904
Work done by the OMEG engineers on the
Staatsbahn at the beginning of the Herero War
Military take-over of the Staatsbahn
The building of the OMEG line (continued) 1904- 1906
The inauguration of the OMEG line - 1906
Stations, water supply, bridges, workshops, passenger services and communications on the OMEG line
Analysis of the OMEG line
The building of the Otavi-Grootfontein railway line by the SWA Co-1907/8
Dissatisfaction with and criticism of the Staatsbahn 1904- 1907
Railway troops build the jetty at Swakopmund 1904- 1907
The war in the south of the country 1904 - 1907
Enquiry into the possibility of a railway line at Lüderitzbucht
Troops build the jetty at Lüderitzbucht -1904
The lighthouse at Dias Point - 1903
The building of the Süd-Bahn 1905- 1908
Lüderitzbucht-Keetmanshoop 1905 - 1908
The discovery of diamonds - 1908
Construction of railway line from Seeheim to
Kalkfontein- Sud (Karasburg) 1908-1909
End of Military Administration of the
Staatsbahn (Swakopmund-Windhoek) - 1907
Political changes and trends in the country after the internal wars - 1908
The Staatsbahn under government control and the establishment of the Kaiserliche
Eisenbahnverwaltung (KEV) 1907
Proposals of trans-African routes 1908 - 1910
The OMEG line 1906- 1910
State take-over of the OMEG line - 1910
Steam-driven railcars on the OMEG line
The Colonial Railway Draft Bill of 1910
The broad gauge railway line between Karibib and Windhoek 1910-1911
Labour problems
Analysis of the reconstructed line between Karibib and Windhoek
The building of the Nord-Süd-Bahn from Windhoek 1910-1912
The building of the Nord-Süd-Bahn from Keetmanshoop 1910-1912
The broad gauge (1067 millimetre) rolling stock and workshops after 1910
Post and Communications in the German era
An overview of agriculture, water and mineral finds in the German era 1884-1915
The lower section of the Staatsbahn
The old Staatsbahn railway material and rolling stock
Private railways in the Protectorate -1914
The Staatsbahn
Swakopmund town railway
Karibib town railway
Okahandja town railway
Windhoek town railway
The Otavibahn
Usakos town railway
Guchab copper mine tramway
The Khan copper mine
Tsumeb copper mine railway
Kalkfeld extension
The Süd-Bahn
Lüderitzbucht town railway
The Garub siding
The private railway system on the diamond fields
The Nord-Süd-Bahn
An overview of the State railways in the Protectorate - 1914
The planned building of the Ambolandbahn
Radio stations in German South West Africa
The Swakopmund lighthouse extension and other coastal navigational aids in the German era
Dias Point
Building of new iron jetty at Swakopmund - 1912
The arrival of the first aircraft in German South
West Africa - 1914
The planned visit of Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany -1914
The First World War August -1914
The British declaration of war and Union involvement
German contingency plans
Union Railway Administration
August 1914
The South West Africa Campaign by Union troops September 1914
The establishment of the South African Engineers' Corps and Railway Regiment
Union invasion - Lüderitzbucht
Narrow gauge traffic and evacuation of Swakopmund October 1914
Union war strategy, contingency plans and the South West Africa Campaign
The construction of a railway line from Prieska to Kalkfontein-Sud
Lüderitzbucht: Water supply, repair and reconstruction of the railway line
German military movement and aircraft reconnaissance missions - end of 1914
December 1914
The Northern Force - Walvis Bay
February 1915
The Conversion of the lower Otavibahn to broad gauge
February-March 1915
German progress on the Ambolandbahn and military activity
March 1915
Union military advance and broad gauge railway construction from Swakopmund
German Railway Administration
April 1915
Union operations on the lower section of the Staatsbahn
Air raid on Union troops at Arandis
The rebuilding of the Staatsbahn and progress on the Otavibahn
The construction of the Upington-Kalkfontein-Sud railway line
and repairs to the Lüderitzbucht - Keetmanshoop section
May 1915
Union military advance and German retreat to the north
Repair of the Otavibahn by Union troops
June 1915
Repairs to the railway line between Karibib and Keetmanshoop
Union military
June - July 1915
Repaired narrow gauge Otavibahn line up north and the deviations and bridges on the newly constructed broad gauge - Walvis Bay- Usakos
German withdrawal north and their surrender
July 1915
Withdrawal of Union troops and the reorganisation of railway staff
Union armoured trains in German South West Africa
Railway statistics after German surrender
Railway Administration during and after the First World War
Conditions after the war
Broad gauge locomotives and rolling stock
The Otavi narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock
Passenger rates and other tariffs
Discoveries made in the occupied territory
Livestock, dairy and agricultural trade
Staff, accommodation and station buildings
The restoration of communication facilities and the opening of post offices
The Treaty of Versailles and its resolutions regarding German South West Africa
1919 - Interim system of administration in South West Africa
The OMEG claim against the South African
Railways and Harbours Economics
Union Administration of the Mandate Territory of South West Africa
The Union/Republic of South Africa era 1915-1985
Railway Administration
Personnel Administration
Maintenance of the lines, washaways and water dependency
New works
Otjiwarongo - Outjo (600-millimetres) Line
Windhoek - Gobabis (1 067-millimetre) Line 1921 - 1929
Walvis Bay Harbour 1922-1927
Development and activity on the broad gauge railway network
Miscellaneous information
The Otavi narrow gauge system
Transportation of livestock in times of drought and livestock export
Passenger services: internal development and railway rates policy
Walvis Bay Harbour 1928 -1940
Whaling at Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay - Lighthouse at Pelican Point
The Swakopmund lighthouse
The lighthouse at Dias Point
Diamonds and the diamond trade
Lüderitz harbour and railway activities
Local politics 1922-1940
Appointment of minister of transport - 1940
The Second World War 1939 - 1945
The country's growth and development during and after the Second World War until 1960
The Narrow Gauge
Broad gauge
Roads and the road motor transport service
Rates and Fares 1940 - 1957
Workshop activities after the Second World War
Telecommunications and railway postal services
Navigational aids and lighthouses 1940 - 1960
Walvis Bay - Pelican Point
Dias Point
Fires caused by locomotives
International and local politics after the Second World War
The end of the narrow gauge
Dieselisation of the South West Africa railway system
Improvement of the Walvis Bay Harbour 1940 - 1960
Agreements made between the Railway Administration and the South West African Administration with regard to the broadening of the narrow gauge
Train mileage
South African Railway and Harbours Road Motor
Transport Service
Redundant narrow gauge rolling stock
General Railway development 1960 - 1985
Walvis Bay 1960- 1982
The rerouting of the Walvis Bay-Swakopmund railway line
Lighthouses 1960 - 1983
Pelican Point
Dias Point
Additional navigational aids along the west coast
Post and Telecommunications 1960 - 1985
Airways in South West Africa 1946- 1985
Local and international politics 1960 -1990
The establishment of the National Transport Corporation
Integration of Walvis Bay and the Offshore Islands into Namibia
TransNamib Limited 1989- 1997
TransNamib Shipping
TransNamib Road Transport
TransNamib Rail Service
TransNamib Management and policy
The TransNamib Railway Museum
List of maps and sketches including credits
List of tables including credits
List of photographs including credits

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