Ecuador: Unadopted Essay (Steam Locomotive) Quito - Ibarra Railway

I am indebted to Brian Moorhouse for providing me with the two scans below. They are artwork from the American Bank Note Company's photographic archive and show an unadopted 10c stamp, produced with a view to commemorating the Quito-Ibarra Railway.

Below the proposed stamp are various different value inscriptions for consideration. As far as I am aware, this photographic proof is the only surviving record of any kind of this proposed stamp or stamps. On the archive sheet in which this proof was discovered, there was the following manuscript annotation: 16752 - 3/20/29 Destroyed. I am guessing here, but I would imagine that the date (March 20th 1929) was the date the proof was produced and that the word 'Destoyed' was added later.

In the unlikely event that anyone else knows anything more about this proposed stamp issue, do please contact me. And what about the railway itself? Can anyone provide a short history of the railway, please?

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Ecuador Essay 1929 .

Above: The entire photographic proof, showing a range of alternative values for the inscriptions, very possibly representing the full range of the intended face values for a set in this design.

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Ecuador Essay 1929 .

Above: A close-up of the design only.

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