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Title: Railway rates
Author: Eason, Charles
Keywords: Transport
Irish railways
Railway rates
Freight charges
Issue Date: 1883
Publisher: Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Citation: Eason, Charles. 'Railway rates'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. VIII, Part LXI, 1882/1883, pp413-430
Series/Report no.: Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Vol. VIII, Part LXI, 1882/1883
Abstract: A great deal of discontent is felt by traders, and by the general public, with the charges made by railway companies for the carriage of goods and passengers. It is alleged: That trade is injured by excessive rates, which prevent its development; that railway charges are higher than formerly; at least relatively since many rates were increased about 1872-3, when prices of wages and materials (especially coal) were high, but have not again fallen with the prices of these materials; that particular towns are favoured by certain companies, and that rates are in general unequal and fixed on no uniform principle whereby traffic is diverted from its natural channels; that the rates charged are frequently in excess of what may be legally charged by the companies under their acts of parliament; that it is difficult or even impossible to ascertain what, in a particular case, a company is entitled to charge, or will charge; that traders have no effectual means of resisting the excessive or illegal charges of the companies; that canals have been rendered almost powerless to compete with railways, by the fact that the companies have got possession of many important links in the system of navigation; that railways are carrying some traffic at a loss, and are levying excessive charges upon other descriptions of traffic to maintain their dividends.
Description: Read before the Society, 30 January 1883
ISSN: 00814776
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JSSISI: 1879 to 1886, Vol. VIII, Parts LVI to LXIII

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