Regulation of Railways Act, 1889

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This Act, affecting all railways within the country, had a major impact on the FR Co.. A sample of what it affected is given here :

The Board of Trade may from time to time order a railway company to do, within a time limited by the order, and subject to any exceptions or modifications allowed by the order, any of the following things: (a.) To adopt the block system on all or any of their railways open for the public conveyance of passengers; (b.) To provide for the interlocking of points and signals on or in connexion with all or any of such railways; (c.) To provide for and use on all their trains carrying passengers continuous brakes complying with the following requirements, namely: (i.) The brake must be instantaneous in action, and capable of being applied by the engine-driver and guards; (ii.) The brake must be self-applying in the event of any failure in the continuity of its action; (iii.) The brake must be capable of being applied to every vehicle of the train, whether carrying passengers or not; (iv.) The brake must be in regular use in daily working; (v.) The materials of the brake must be of a durable character, and easily maintained and kept in order."[1]


  1. ^ The reference quoted has been found in a trawl of an online archive located at The RailwayArchive. There may be further links available from there.

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