The map indicates completed railways (solid black lines), proposed railways (solid red lines) and "with possible completion of system" (dotted red lines). The map predates the founding of Johannesburg (only Pretoria and Potchefstroom are indicated in the Transvaal Republic). Manuscript annotation on map: "Circa 1885. No Johannesburg yet!" There are no Natal railways drawn in., "Roughly drawn on transfer paper in the Surveyor General's Office, by A. E. C. Transferred to stone and printed by Saul Solomon & Co., St George's St Cape Town.", Bar scale on map in miles.