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chase, if called into use, the public resources should be Options of employed to sustain an undue competition against any revision independent company or companies; be it enacted, That and purno such notice as herein before mentioned, whether of re- chase. vision or purchase, shall be given until provision shall have been made by parliament, by an act or acts to be passed in that behalf, for authorizing the guarantee or the levy of the purchase money hereinbefore mentioned, as the case may be, and for determining, subject to the conditions herein before mentioned, the manner in which the said options or either of them shall be exercised; and that no bill for giving powers to exercise the said options, or either of them, shall be received in either house of parliament unless it be recited in the preamble to such bill that three months' notice of the intention to apply to parliament for such powers has been given by the said lords commissioners to the company or companies to be affected thereby.

any

send copy

of balance

sheet to the Treasury.

5. And be it enacted, That, from and after the com- Companies mencement of the period of three years next preceding liable to the the period at which the option of revision or purchase options to becomes available, full and true accounts shall be kept of keep acall sums of money received and paid on account of counts and railway within the provisions herein before contained, (distinguishing, if the said railway shall be a branch railway or one worked in common with other railways, the receipts, and giving an estimate of the expenses on account of the said railway, from those on account of the trunk, line, or other railways,) by the directors of the company to whom such railway belongs or by whom the same may be worked; and every such railway company shall once in every half year, during the said period of three years, cause a half-yearly account in abstract to be prepared, showing the total receipt and expenditure on account of the said railway for the half-year ending the thirtieth day of June and the thirty-first day of December respectively, or such other convenient days as shall in each case be directed by the said lords commissioners, under distinct heads of receipt and expenditure, with a statement of the balance of such account, duly audited and certified under the hands of two or more directors of the said railway company, and shall send a copy of the said account to the said lords commissioners on or before the last days of August and February respectively, or such other days as shall in each case be directed by the said lords commissioners, in each year; and it shall be lawful for the said lords commissioners, if and when they shall think fit, to appoint any proper person or persons to inspect the accounts and books of the said company during the said

revision

Options of period of three years; and it shall be lawful for any person so authorized, at all reasonable times, upon producing his authority, to examine the books, accounts, vouchers, and other documents of the company at the principal office or place of business of the company, and to take copies or extracts therefrom.

and pur

chase.

Cheap

Trains.

6. And whereas it is expedient to secure to the poorer class of travellers the means of travelling by railway at moderate fares, and in carriages in which they may be Company to protected from the weather; be it enacted, That on and provide one after the several days hereinafter specified all passenger cheap train railway companies which shall have been incorporated by

each way

daily.

Hours of starting.

Rate of speed.

Stoppages.

Carriages.

Fares.

any act of the present session, or which shall be hereafter incorporated, or which by any act of the present or any future session have obtained or shall obtain, directly or indirectly, any extension or amendment of the powers conferred on them respectively by their previous acts, or have been or shall be authorized to do any act unauthorized by the provisions of such previous acts, shall, by means of one train at the least to travel along their railway from one end to the other of each trunk, branch, or junction line belonging to or leased by them, so long as they shall continue to carry other passengers over such trunk, branch, or junction line, once at the least each way on every week-day, except Christmas-day and Good Friday (such exception not to extend to Scotland), provide for the conveyance of third-class passengers to and from the terminal and other ordinary passenger stations of the railway, under the obligations contained in their several acts of parliament, and with the immunities applicable by law to carriers of passengers by railway; and also under the following conditions; (that is to say,)

Such train shall start at an hour to be from time to
time fixed by the directors, subject to the approval of
the lords of the committee of privy council for trade
and plantations:

Such train shall travel at an average rate of speed not
less than twelve miles an hour for the whole distance
travelled on the railway, including stoppages:
Such train shall, if required, take up and set down pas-
sengers at every passenger station which it shall pass
on the line:

The carriages in which passengers shall be conveyed by
such train shall be provided with seats, and shall be
protected from the weather, in a manner satisfac-
tory to the lords of the said committee:

The fare or charge for each third-class passenger by such train shall not exceed one penny for each mile

travelled:

Each passenger by such train shall be allowed to take Cheap with him half a hundred weight of luggage, not being Trains. merchandize or other articles carried for hire or pro

fit, without extra charge; and any excess of luggage Luggage.
shall be charged by weight, at a rate not exceeding
the lowest rate of charge for passengers' luggage by
other trains :

Children under three years of age accompanying pas- Children.
sengers by such train shall be taken without any
charge, and children of three years and upwards, but
under twelve years of age, at half the charge for an
adult passenger:

And with respect to all railways subject to these obliga- When these tions which shall be open on or before the first day of obligations November next, these obligations shall come into force on to comthe said first day of November; and with respect to all mence. other railways subject to these obligations, they shall come into force on the day of opening of the railway, or the day after the last day of the session in which the act shall be passed by reason of which the company will become subject thereunto, which shall first happen.

7. And be it enacted, That if any railway company Penalty for shall refuse or wilfully neglect to comply with the pro- non-comvisions of this act as to the said cheap trains within a pliance reasonable time, or shall attempt to evade the operation of such order, such company shall forfeit to her Majesty a sum not exceeding twenty pounds for every day during which such refusal, neglect, or evasion shall continue.

8. Provided always, and be it enacted, That, except as Board of to the amount of fare or charge for each passenger by such Trade may cheap trains, which shall in no case exceed the rates here- dispense inbefore in such case provided, the lords of the said com- with condimittee shall have a discretionary power, upon the applica- tions heretion of any railway company, of dispensing with any of inbefore the conditions herein before required in regard to the required in conveyance of passengers by such cheap trains as afore- tion of other

considera

arrange

ments more

said, in consideration of such other arrangements, either in regard to speed, covering from the weather, seats, or other particulars, as to the lords of the said committee beneficial. shall appear more beneficial and convenient for the passengers by such cheap trains under the circumstances of the case, and shall be sanctioned by them accordingly; and any railway company which shall conform to such other conditions as shall be so sanctioned by the lords of the said committee shall not be liable to any penalty for not observing the conditions which shall have been so dispensed with by the lords of the said committee in regard to the said cheap trains and the passengers conveyed thereby.

9. And be it enacted, That no tax shall be levied upon No passen

ger tax to

the receipts of any railway company from the conveyance be levied on of passengers at fares not exceeding one penny for each receipts. mile by any such cheap train as aforesaid.

If company

10. And be it enacted, That whenever any railway run trains company subject to the herein before mentioned obligaon Sundays, tion of running cheap trains shall, from and after the days cheap trains herein before specified on which the said obligation is to

to be like

wise pro

vided.

Conveyance of mails.

Vict. c. 98.

Rate of speed.

accrue, run any train or trains on Sundays for the conveyance of passengers, it shall, under the obligations contained in its act or acts of parliament, and with the immunities applicable by law to carriers of passengers by railway, by such train each way, on every Sunday, as shall stop at the greatest number of stations, provide sufficient carriages for the conveyance of third class passengers at the terminal and other stations at which such Sunday train may ordinarily stop; and the fare or charge for each third class passenger by such train shall not exceed one penny for each mile travelled.

11. And whereas by an act passed in the second year of the reign of her Majesty, intituled "An act to provide for the conveyance of the Mails by Railways," provision was made for the transmission of the mails by railway, See 1 & 2 and it is expedient that such provision should be extended, be it enacted, That it shall be lawful for the PostmasterGeneral to require, in the manner and subject to the conditions as to payment for service performed prescribed by the said act, that the mails be forwarded upon any such railway as is herein before last mentioned at any rate of speed which the inspector-general of railways for the time being shall certify to be safe, not exceeding twenty-seven miles in the hour including stoppages; and it shall be also lawful for the Postmaster-General to send any mail guard with bags not exceeding the weight of luggage allowed to any other passenger (or subject to the general rules of the company for any excess of that weight) by any trains other than a mail train, upon the same conditions as any other passenger; provided that in such last-mentioned case nothing herein or in the last-recited act contained shall be construed to authorize the Postmaster-General to require the conversion of a regular mail train into an ordinary train, or to exercise any control over the company in respect of any ordinary train, nor shall the company be responsible for the safe custody or delivery of any mail bags so sent.

Mails by

trains other than a mail train.

Convey

12. And whereas by an act passed in the sixth year of ance of the reign of her Majesty, intituled "An Act for the better military regulation of Railways, and for the conveyance of Troops," and police. it was among other things enacted, that whenever it shall be necessary to move any of the officers or soldiers of her

Majesty's forces of the line, ordnance corps, marines, Conveymilitia, or the police force, by any railway, the directors ance of thereof shall and are hereby required to permit such military forces respectively, with their baggage, stores, arms, ammu- and police. nition, and other necessaries and things, to be conveyed

convey

s. 20.

conditions of convey

at the usual hours of starting, at such prices or upon such See 5 & 6 conditions as may from time to time be contracted for Vict. c. 55, between the secretary at war and such railway companies for the conveyance of such forces, on the production of a route or order for their conveyance signed by the proper authorities and whereas it is expedient to amend such Prices and provision in regard to the prices and conditions of ance by any new railway or any railway obtaining new powers from parliament; be it enacted, That all railway ance. companies which have been or shall be incorporated by any act of the present or any future session, or which, by any act of the present or any future session shall have obtained or shall obtain any extension or amendment of the powers conferred by their previous acts or any of them, or have been or shall be authorized to do any act unauthorized by the provisions of such previous acts, shall be bound to provide such conveyance as aforesaid for the said military, marine, and police forces, at fares not exceeding twopence per mile for each commissioned officer proceeding on duty, such officer being entitled to conveyance in a first-class carriage, and not exceeding one penny for each mile for each soldier, marine, or private of the militia or police force, and also for each wife, widow, or child above twelve years of age of a soldier entitled by act of parliament or by competent authority to be sent to their destination at the public expense, children under three years of age so entitled being taken free of charge, and children of three years of age or upwards, but under twelve years of age, so entitled, being taken at half the price of an adult; and such soldiers, marines, and privates of the militia or police force, and their wives, widows, and children so entitled, being conveyed in car- Carriagest riages which shall be provided with seats, with sufficient be provided space for the reasonable accommodation of the persons with seats conveyed, and which shall be protected against the and protect weather; provided that every officer conveyed shall be ed against entitled to take with him one hundred weight of personal the weather. luggage without extra charge, and every soldier, marine, private, wife, or widow shall be entitled to take with him or her half a hundred weight of personal luggage without extra charge, all excess of the above weights of personal luggage being paid for at the rate of not more than one halfpenny per pound, and all public baggage, stores, arms ammunition, and other necessaries and things, (except

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