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Transfer from the Cuddapah-Nellore railway


See Frederick Dibblee's career in India
Railways of Frederick Dibblee

This letter, dated 20th June 1885, is a little confusing. It removes Frederick Dibblee from the charge of the Cuddapah-Nellore railway, which fits his employment record, but suggests that he is to be sent to "one of the frontier railways". In fact, he spent some months on the Sumbulpore division of the Benares-Cuttch-Puri Railways Surveys. This is west of Calcutta, and can hardly be described as frontier. However, he then went on to work on the Toungoo-Mandalay Railway in Burma. The Third Anglo-Burmese War was happening in 1885. Perhaps they decided they wanted Frederick Dibblee on work on a Burmese railway in 1885, but found they weren't ready for him, so found some interim work for him. I wonder if the vagueness of the letter was intentional, or whether it was normal bureaucratic ignorance!

Transfer from the Cuddapah-Nellore railway