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1. Crossing of Electric Light and Power Transmission Lines and Telegraph and Telephone Lines now existing or that may hereafter be constructed over railroad rights of way, tracks and wires thereupon, or along, shall conform to the following general precautions for the safety of the public and the employees of the railroads :

2. The poles or towers supporting the crossing span and the adjoining span on each side shall be in a straight line, if practicable, shall be securely set in the earth or in suitable masonry foundations, and shall be so guyed or braced as to prevent the wires sagging below the clearances hereinafter specified. No pole or tower shall be less than twelve (12) feet from the nearest track, except that at sidings a clearance of seven (7) feet may be allowed, measurement being made from the near rail.

3. The crossing span shall be as short as practicable and in general, the length of the adjoining span on each side shall not be more than fifty (50 per cent.) per cent. of the length of the crossing span.

4. Electric Light and Power wires shall have a clearance of not less than thirty (30) feet above the top of rail: Provided, That for trolley contact wires, carrying constant potential direct current not exceeding 750 volts, twenty-two (22) feet may be allowed.

5. Telegraph and Telephone wires shall have a clearance of not less than twenty-five (25) feet above the top of rail.

6. Electric Light and Power wires shall cross over Telegraph and Telephone wires, and the clearance between the two classes of wire shall be not less than eight (8) feet.

7. Telegraph and Telephone wires shall clear wires of the same class not less than four (4) feet.

8. Wires and cables shall be atached to their supporting structures in such manner as that the clearance herein specified shall be maintained under the most unfavorable conditions of temperature and loading.

9. Minimum size of conductors in the crossing spans and adjoining spans on each side in Electric Light and Power Lines shall be as follows: No. 6 B. & S. guage copper for voltage not exceeding 5,000 volts; No. 4 B. & S. guage copper for voltage exceeding 5,000 volts; No. 1 B. & S. guage aluminum for all voltages.

Minimum size of conductors in the crossing spans and adjoining spans on each side of Telegraph and Telephone Lines shall be as follows:

For spans 150 feet or less, No. 10 B. W. G. galvanized iron or No. 10 B. & S. hard drawn copper.

For spans 150 feet and over, No. 8 B. W. G. galvanized iron or No. 9 B. & S. hard drawn copper. 10. Wooden poles shall be of selected timber, free from defects which would decrease their strength or durability, and shall be not less than eight (8) inches in diameter at the top for Electric Light and Power Lines; and shall be not less than six (6) inches in diameter at the top for Telegraph and Telephone Lines.



Columbia, S. C., January 21st, 1918. . Circular No. 234

Effective this date, the rules governing demurrage and reciprocal demurrage intrastate in South Carolina, as promulgated and published by this Commission, are hereby suspended until further notice, and in lieu thereof the regulations as set forth in Order No. 3, and all subsequent orders relative to demurrage of the Director-General of Railroads will apply, as shown in the published tariffs of the railroads operating in South Carolina on file with this Commission.





Demurrage Rules


All freight in cars, whether full carload or not, shipped to one consignee and taking track delivery is subject to car service regulations.


Railroad companies shall give prompt notice by mail or otherwise to consignee of the arrival of goods, together with the contents, weight and amount of freight charges due thereon, as shown by the waybill; and when goods or freight of any kind in carload quantities arrive, said notice must contain, in addition thereto, letters, or initials of the car, number of the car. Demurrage charges may be assessed if goods are not removed in conformity with the following rules and regulations. No demurrage charges, however, shall, in any case, be allowed unless legal notice of the arrival of the goods has been made to the owner or consignee thereof by the railroad company.


Legal notice referred to in these rules may be either actual, or may consist of posting notice by mail to consignee. Whether the notice shall be actual or by mail, forty-eight (48) hours free time shall be allowed the consignee. Free time begins at twelve o'clock M. on day after such notice has been given, whether such notice shall be actual or by mail: Provided, however, That if, in any case, where notice of arrival is given by mail, the consignee will make oath that neither he, his agents or employees have received such notice, no demurrage charges shall be made until after legal notice, as above specified, is given.


A charge of one dollar ($1.00) per day shall be made for detention of cars and use of tracks when cars are not loaded or unloaded within forty-eight (48) hours after notice. It being understood that said car or cars are to be placed and remain accessible to the shipper or consignee for the purpose of loading or unloading during the period in which held free of demurrage; that when the period of such demurrage charges commences they are to be placed accessible to the consignee for unloading purposes on demand of the consignee: Provided, however, That if the railroad company shall remove such car or cars after being so placed, or in any way obstruct the unloading of the same, the consignee shall not be chargeable with the delay caused thereby: Provided, further, That when any consignee shall receive over the lines of one railroad company four or more cars during any one day, taking track delivery, each of said cars in excess of three shall not be liable to demurrage until after the expiration of twenty-four (24) hours additional time.

Any fraction of a day shall be considered a day.


When consignors ship goods consigned to themselves, it shall be the duty of the railroad company to give legal notice to such consignees, or persons to whom shipping directions order delivery. This notice may be addressed by mail to the consignee at point of delivery, and demurrage will begin as in other cases of notice by mail; and the mailing of such notice shall be sufficient legal notice in such cases, whether the consignee actually receive the same or not.


Where the consignee shall refuse to accept freight tendered in pursuance of the bill of lading, the carrier charged with the duty of delivery shall give to the consignor legal notice of such refusal; and if he shall not, within three days thereafter, give direction for the reshipment or unloading of such goods, he shall thenceforth become liable to such carrier for demurrage upon the car or cars in which they are held to the same extent and at the same rate as such charges are now, under like circumstances by the rules of this Commission, imposed upon consignees who neglect or refuse, after notice of arrival, to remove freight of like character from the cars of a carrier.

A consignee who has once refused to accept a consignment of goods shall not thereafter be entitled to the benefit of this rule.


A consignee living four miles or over from the depot, and whose freight is destined to bis residence or place of business so located, shall not be subject to storage or demurrage charges allowed in the above rules until a sufficient time has elapsed after notice for said consignee to remove said goods by the exercise of ordinary diligence.


Railroad companies are authorized to hold such property in public warehouses at the expense of owner, if same is not removed before demurrage charges attach.


When any railroad company fails to deliver freights at the depot or to place loaded cars at an accessible place for unloading within forty-eight (48) hours (not including Sundays or legal holidays), computed from 12 o'clock M. the day after the arrival of the same, the shipper or consignee shall be paid one dollar per day for each day said delivery is so delayed.

RULE 10.

1. Cars containing freight are to be delivered upon carload delivery tracks or private sidings designated by consignee upon arrival.

2. Cars containing property, the billing of which does not specify any particular delivery, and for which no standing or special order has been filed with agent within twenty-four (24) hours, will be considered as requiring general track delivery, and shall be so placed after twenty-four hours.

3. Cars for unloading shall be considered placed when such cars are held in receiving yards awaiting orders from shippers or consignees, or when held for payment of freight charges, provided the railroad company could otherwise have placed such cars on delivery tracks, except that on cars consigned to private sidings already fully occupied and delivery thereof impracticable, detention is to be computed from time of notification.

4. Whenever the weather during the period of free time is so severe, inclement or rainy that it is impracticable to secure means of removal, or where, from the nature of the goods, removal would cause injury or damage, such time shall be added to the free period and no demurrage charges shall be allowed for such additional time.

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