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all their doings, and exact accounts of all their receipts and expenditures, and, when required, submit all their accounts, records, papers, and files to the inspection of the Legislature, its committees, and the railroad commissioners.

SECT. 7. The proprietors of every railroad shall, in the month of May, annually, make report to the Governor and Council, under oath of their treasurer and superintendent, or of the persons who shall discharge the duties of those officers, of their acts and doings, receipts and expenditures; and such report shall contain full information upon the several items here enumerated, namely:

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Total present amount of funded and floating debt,

Amount of debts secured by mortgage of road and franchise, or any property of the corporation,

Number of mortgages on road and franchise, or any property of the corporation,

Average rate of interest per annum during the year,


For grading and masonry,

For wooden bridges,

For superstructure, including iron,
For stations, buildings, and fixtures,
For land, land damages, and fences,

For locomotives,

For passenger and baggage cars,

For merchandise cars,

For agencies, engineering, and miscellaneous expenses,
Total cost of road and equipment,

Assets held by the corporation in addition to cost of the road,

Length of road,


Length of single main track,

Length of double main track,

Aggregate length of sidings and other tracks, excepting main tracks,

Weight of rail per yard,

Maximum grade, with its length,

Average grade per mile of road,

Shortest radius of curvature, with length of same,

Total degree of curvature,

Total length of straight line,

Aggregate length of wooden truss bridges under track,

Aggregate length of all other wooden bridges under track,

Aggregate length of iron bridges under track,

Aggregate length of stone bridges under track,

Whole length of road unfenced,

Number of way stations,

Number of railroads crossed at grade,

Number of public ways crossed at grade,


Miles run by passenger trains,

Miles run by freight trains,

Miles run by other trains,

Total miles run,

Number of passengers carried in the cars,

Number of passengers carried one mile,

Number of tons of merchandise carried in the cars,

Number of tons of merchandise carried one mile,

Rate of speed adopted for passenger trains,

Rate of speed adopted for freight trains,

Estimated weight in tons of passenger cars, not including passengers, hauled one mile,

Estimated weight in tons of merchandise cars, not including freight, hauled one mile,


For repairs of roads, exclusive of renewals of iron,

For renewals of iron, including laying down,

For repairing gates, fences, and houses,

For taxes and insurance,

For removing ice and snow,

For fuel, stating number of cords of wood and tons of coal used,
For oil,

For waste and other material for cleaning,
For repairs of locomotives,

For new locomotives to cover depreciation,
For repairs of passenger cars,

For new passenger cars to cover depreciation,

For repairs of merchandise cars,

For new merchandise cars to cover depreciation,
For wages of freightmen,

For wages of stationmen,

For wages of switchmen and gatemen,
For wages of conductors and brakemen,
For wages of enginemen and firemen,
For wages of watchmen,

For salaries of president, treasurer, superintendent, and corporation clerk,

For amount paid other companies in tolls for passengers and freight carried on their roads, specifying each company, and the amount to each,

For amount paid other companies as rent for use of their roads, specifying each company, and the amount to each,

For all other expenses not included in the foregoing items,
Total expenditures for working the road,

From passengers,

From freight,

From mails,


From expresses,


From all other sources,

Total income,

Net earnings after deducting expenses,


Per cent total on stock,

Per cent interest on debt (if any),

Surplus not divided,

Surplus last year,

Total surplus,


Number of persons employed on the road,

Number of legal counsel retained, and amount paid them,

Number of actions in court each year in which the corporation is a party, the expense of each action, the nature of the controversy, and the amount in question,

Number of free passengers carried during the year, not including persons engaged in the immediate working of the road, or stockholders attending meetings of the corporation,

Number of engines owned or used by the company,

Number of passenger cars,

Number of merchandise cars,

Number of gravel cars,

SECT. 8. In said annual report they shall state whether said proprietors have granted or secured, by contract or otherwise, any exclusive privileges to any person to use the land or right of way of said railroad for any purpose, and what; and all contracts, grants, and exclusive privileges shall be void unless approved by the Legislature.

SECT. 9. When the net income of any railroad shall exceed ten per cent upon its stock, the Legislature may alter and revise the rates of toll for freight and passengers as they may deem just.

SECT. 10. If the proprietors of any railroad shall violate the provisions of any statute, and no mode of punishment is provided therefor, they may be fined not exceeding one thousand dollars for each offence, and shall be liable to any person injured, in an action upon the case, for any damage by him sustained.

SECT. 11. If any proprietor, officer, agent, or servant of the proprietors of any railroad shall knowingly violate the provisions of any statute, where no other remedy is provided, he may be fined for each such offence not exceeding one hundred dollars.


1. Railroads are public.



2. Railroad corporations are public. 3. Railroads built only by grant of the Legislature.

4. Routes to be surveyed and roads
laid out by proprietors; may be
laid out in parts, etc.

5. Grantees may make surveys.
6. Location by permanent monu-

7. Land taken, how described.

8. Railroad commissioners locate, when.

9. Grantees may take deeds or bonds. 10. May apply for appraisal of damages.

11. Owner of land may apply for change of location.

12. Notice to land-holders to be given. 13. Notice to proprietors of railroad. 14. Selectmen to be notified and join

in the appraisal.

15. Notice of commencement and distance sufficient.

16. Appraisal, how made and reported.

17. Either party may appeal; proceedings thereon.


18. Location changed on petition of the proprietors.

19. Rights of parties; new location a discontinuance of the old.

20. Damages to be paid before entry. 21. Damages, how paid if owner unknown.

22. Security for damages and costs, when.

23. No action before entry, nor after location changed.

24. Branch railroads by permission of the selectmen.

25. No title by adverse possession by or against railroads.

26. Return of damages to town clerk, when appeal entered.

27. Land may be appraised and set off after road built.

28. When commissioners and selectmen cannot agree, damages, how assessed.

29. May take land for side tracks, depots, shops, etc., same as for track.

30. May take earth and gravel, etc.

SECTION 1. Railroads, being designed for the public accommodation, like other highways are public, and at all times subject to the control of the Legislature.

SECT. 2. All railroad corporations are public, and trustees and others in whom any railroad is vested are public agents, so far as the security and protection of the public rights and interests are concerned.

SECT. 3. Railroads, being public highways, can be laid out, built, maintained, and put in operation only by virtue of express grants of the Legislature, or of authority derived from them.

SECT. 4. The funds for the construction of railroads being derived mainly from the proprietors, and the profits derived from the tolls and income thereof being payable to them, their routes shall be surveyed and the roads laid out, in the first instance, by their agents. Any railroad may be laid out at one time through its entire course,

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