The memorandum which I have in regard to this branch line reads:
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Proposed in 1924-8 miles grade $230,000
Proposed in 1925-8 miles track 128,000
In 1924 it is the intention to do the grading and bridging on the 8 miies at a cost of $230,000, and in 1925 to lay the track on it and complete it at a cost for that year of $128,000.
The purpose of this line is to make a short routing to tide-water for timber and its products from Van-
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couver island line. This would shorten the route 52 miles as against the haul to tidewater at Victoria. Besides shortening the route it would make a possible location for dumping of logs at tidewater, as there is not suitable location at Victoria for this purpose.
The construction of this line will make possible the hauling of logs off the Vancouver island line, which at present has a length which is prohibitive.
There are a large number of timber owners who stand ready to go into a big development of timber and its products as soon as this line is completed.