Interstate Commerce Commission Annual Report Volume 8

Interstate Commerce Commission Annual Report Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...car company pro cured a sufficient supply of sleeping and excursion cars for all the business of its lines, and refuses to haul excursion cars of other private car companies over its track for this reason, it can not be forced to do so against its objection. 443. Unless the contrary is imposed as conditions in the grant of its charter, the right to construct and operate a railroad is a franchise in its nature exclusive, not held in common with the public, though the grant of the franchise is for the public use; and the tracks of a railroad are not a common highway upon which anyone can enter and use his own cars for transportation purposes against the objection of the company owning the tracks. 444. The extraordinary liability imposed by law upon a railroad company as a common carrier for the sufficiency and safety of its passenger cars and the competency of its employe's in operating such cars is a highly important protection to the public, but such company might very reasonably claim that it was not responsible for a passenger car of a private car company, or the consequences of that passenger car being transported as part of its train in causing a wreck, collision, or delay, when it had no volition in accepting or rejecting such car, but was forced to transport it by order of a civil tribunal. 445. A railroad company may acquire cars by construction, by purchase, or by contract for their use, and no one has the power to compel a railroad company to select among these several modes or to contract with all comers. 446. The interest of the public in a matter of this kind is vitally important and lies in the direction of holding every common carrier by rail to the strictest responsibility in furnishing safe, suitable, and sufficient car equipment...show more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236679520
  • 9781236679529