Regulation of Railways Act, 1889
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."
- 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.
- Day Log/1889-10-24 Board of Trade notice regarding this Act
- Day Log/1889-12-21 FR Co. response by Hughes, General Manager
- Day Log/1890-04-04 Draft order submitted (no text as yet)
- Day Log/1890-11-14 Amended Draft order submitted
- Day Log/1889-12-18 Order made (no text as yet)
- The Railway Archive for summary and detail of Act