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WAOLE No. or ACCIDENTS ON ALL THE ROADS, ACCORDING TO THE STATE
MENTS MADE IN THE FOREGOING TABLES.
Whole No. of passengers killed,
69 “ employées killed, injured,
72 66 other persons killed,
54 persons killed,
195 killed or injured at crossings,
20 by bridges,
36 walking on the track,
28 amount of compensation made :-$155,467 16, besides large sums, (amounts not mentioned,) for medical attendance, funeral expenses, continuance of wages, &c.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, February 25, 1848. .
The Joint Standing Committee on Railways and Canals, to whom was referred the petition of H. H. Childs and others, and everal petitions in aid of the same,
The petitioners ask for an act of incorporation, for the purpose of constructing a railroad from the village of Pittsfield, in a southerly direction, through the towns of Lenox, Lee, Becket, Otis, Tolland, and Sandisfield, to the south line of the state.
The length of this road is thirty-four miles. It traverses a region of country not accommodated by existing railroads. Upon its line is a very considerable water-power, now used only to a limited extent in the manufacture of iron. Survey, and estimates, by a competent engineer, were submitted. The whole cost of road and equipment, estimated at $825,433 83; average cost per mile, $24,276 26. The income of the road immediately on its completion, is estimated at $81,325.
The strong inducement to the construction of this road is its junction with a railroad from the south line of this state to the city of New Haven in the state of Connecticut. A railroad is now completed from New Haven to Plainville, twenty-eight
miles, and a charter granted to extend to Collinsville twelve miles farther north, and it is the purpose of the stockholders in that road to extend it to the north line of the state of Connecticut, in the town of Colebrook, connecting with road asked for by the petitioners.
The opposition to this petition, has rested upon the ground of competition with the Western Railroad, by means of other roads which may hereafter be constructed.
The Committee do not perceive that this road can offer any competition which shall affect any existing road; and the supposition that, by the construction of other roads in other states, hereafter, it may have that effect, is too contingent and uncertain to influence our legislation at this time.
The committee report a bill in conformity to the prayer of the petitioners.
For the Committee,
DANIEL N. DEWEY,
Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty
To incorporate the Pittsfield and New Haven Railroad
BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
1 SECT. 1. Henry H. Childs, Harrison Garfield, 2 Henry Seymour, Samuel C. Parsons, Henry A. Bills, 3 their associates and successors, are hereby made a 4 corporation, by the name of the Pittsfield and New 5 Haven Railroad Company, with all the powers and 6 privileges, and subject to all the duties, liabilities, 7 and restrictions, set forth in the forty-fourth chapter 8 of the Revised Statutes, and in all that part of the 9 thirty-ninth chapter of said statutes, relating to rail10 road corporations, and in all other general laws,