Proceedings of a General Conference of Railroad Commissioners

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Interstate Commerce Commission, 1889 - Railroads
 

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Page 87 - ... for transporting freight or passengers, or any change in the mode of operating its road and conducting its business, is reasonable and expedient in order to promote the security, convenience and accommodation of the public, said Railroad Commissioners shall inform such railroad corporation of the improvements and changes which they adjudge to be proper, by a notice thereof in writing...
Page 84 - In countries where the common law prevails, it has been customary from time immemorial for the legislature to declare what shall be a reasonable compensation under such circumstances, or, perhaps more properly speaking, to fix a maximum beyond which any charge made would be unreasonable.
Page 105 - ... couplers and train brakes; and WHEREAS, The success and growth of the system of heating cars by steam from the locomotive or other single source largely depends on the adoption in interstate traffic of an uniform steam coupler ; and WHEREAS, These subjects are believed to be of...
Page vii - February, 1889. EDWARD A. MOSELEY, Esq., Secretary Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington. DC DEAR SIR: I am in receipt of your favor enclosing printed call to meeting of railroad commissioners to be held at Washington, March 5th, and have addressed a communication to the Executive Committee of our Association asking them to be present if possible. Thanking you for your polite invitation, and for the expressions it contains, I am, very respectfully yours, MM KIRKMAN, President.
Page 105 - March last upon the invitation of the Interstate Commerce Commission a resolution was unanimously adopted urging the Commission ' ' to consider what can be done to prevent the loss of life and limb in coupling and uncoupling freight cars and in handling the brakes of such cars.
Page 90 - ... nine persons were killed and one hundred and thirty-four injured in coupling cars. The companies should be required to adopt more modern appliances. I invite your attention to these subjects. Railroad companies are public corporations, and the railways should be, by law, declared public highways, and their officers should be required to take an oath to obey the constitution and laws of this State and of the United States.
Page 104 - ... of such cars, and most of these accidents can be avoided by the use of uniform automatic couplers and train brakes ; and Whereas the success and growth of the system of heating cars by steam from the locomotive or other single source largely depends on the adoption in interstate traffic of an uniform steam coupler ; and Whereas these subjects are believed to be of pressing importance, and within the proper scope of the powers of the Congress of the United States, while attempts on the part of...
Page 114 - Commission may make recommendation in the premises to the various railroads within its jurisdiction, and make such suggestions as to legislation on said subject as may seem to it necessary or expedient. Whereas, it has been represented to this convention that the problem of an automatic electric safety signal has been solved ; and Whereas, if said representation be true, said matter is of great moment to the traveling public : Resolved, That we invite the attention of the Interstate Commerce Commission...
Page v - Railway Statistics, with especial reference to the formulation of a uniform system of reporting ; Classification of Freight, its simplification and unification ; Railway Legislation, how to obtain harmony in ; Railway Construction, should regulation be provided...
Page 104 - Whereas, thousands of railroad employees every year are killed or injured in coupling or uncoupling freight cars used in interstate traffic, and in handling the brakes of such cars...

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