nor navigable rivers, and under a government which seemed disposed to foster all undertakings which promised the development of its internal resources. In 1881, in a pamphlet entitled Los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos, an eminent Mexican published a list of forty-two concessions,—since increased by five others,—few of which had subventions (or government aid) less than $8,000 per kilometre. Many of these are small concessions, several will fail to be built from lack of capital, and most of them have been merged into the greater lines, such as the Central and the National.
The concessions granted by the Mexican government, up to date, are as follows:—
- S. is for Standard gauge, 1.435 metres in width; N. for Narrow gauge, 0.914 metre in width.
- 298,500 is Total cost in dollars.