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REPORT.

To His Excellency, ABIRAM CHAMBERLAIN,

Governor of Connecticut: The Fifty-first Annual Report of the Board of Railroad Commissioners, containing the reports of the operations of the steam railroad and street railway companies for the year ending June 30, 1903, with the statistical tables compiled therefrom, and a condensed statement of the proceedings of the Board to the date of this report, is herewith submitted. During the period covered by this report the Tariffville branch of the Hartford & Connecticut Western Railroad, 10.01 miles of which is located within the State of Connecticut, and the East Granby & Suffield branch of the same road, 3.77 miles long, have been opened for business; also 11.30 miles of additional sidings have been laid within the state during the year, making a total mileage of 1,861.76 main line, branches, and sidings included within the state, an increase for the year of 25.08 miles. The volume of business transacted by the steam roads during the year has been unusually large, exceeding that of any previous year, showing gross earnings amounting to $48,988,685.72, being $3,863,037.02 in excess of the earnings of 1902, which were thought at that time to be phenomenally large. The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company earned $47,296,077.51, the New London Northern Railroad Company $1,014,554.52, the Central New England Railway Company $663,103.06, and the South Manchester Railroad Company $14,950.63, all exceeding the earnings of the previous year, excepting the latter company. The earnings derived from the passenger department have been $23,489,094.18, and from the freight department $25,051,029.01. It will be

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observed that the increase in net earnings, amounting to only $20,257.61, has not been proportionate to the increase in gross earnings, owing to the largely increased transportation expenses, arising principally from the advance in cost of fuel, wages of employees, and the change in demurrage charges for use of freight cars from a mileage to a per diem basis adopted by the American Railway Association. There have been 4,873,251 more passengers carried and 1,304,377 more tons of freight handled than during the previous year. The double tracking of the Naugatuck Railroad south of Derby Junction is completed and in operation, and that portion extending from Derby Junction to Ansonia is so near completion that the traffic of the New Haven & Derby branch now passes over the new tracks. The Bridgeport improvements of the N. Y., N. H. & H. Railroad are so far advanced that the traffic will be transferred to the elevated tracks on or about the 1st of January, 1904, when the construction of a new passenger station will be commenced. The Rockville Railroad, extending from Vernon to Rockville, has been acquired by the purchase of its entire capital stock by the N. Y., N. H. & H. Railroad Company during the past year, and the Middletown, Meriden & Waterbury Railroad has been leased to the same company for a period of fifty years from the 10th of November, 1902.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD RELATING TO

STEAM RAILROADS.

NAUGATUCK.

On January 8, 1903, the warden and burgesses of the borough of Naugatuck presented their petition for gates to be erected or a flagman maintained at a crossing on the Naugatuck Division of the N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R., known as Bridge Street, or Foundry Road, in Union City in the town and borough of Naugatuck. After due notice to the parties the petition was heard on January 30, 1903, and we found that public safety required that a gate be maintained at said crossing daily, Sunday excepted, between the hours of 6.30 a. M. and 7 P. M., and an order to that effect was issued to the company.

NORWICH.

Upon the application of the corporation counsel of the City of Norwich, asking that the whistling for highway crossings within the limits of said city, on the line of the Vermont Central Railway, be discontinued, we issued an order to said company, similar to the order issued to the Norwich & Worcester and the New England companies, under date of January 2, 1895, and February 15, 1896, in compliance with an agreement between said city and said company, waiving the right to a public hearing thereon.

WINDSOR LOCKS RAILROAD COMPANY.

On the 18th day of February, 1903, the Windsor Locks Railroad Company presented to us its petition for the approval of the layout and location of its railroad, extending from a point on the line of the East Granby & Suffield Railroad, in the town of East Granby, to a point at or near Chestnut Street in the town of Windsor Locks, said proposed railroad being four miles in length. A hearing upon said application was held February 27, 1903, when the parties in interest appeared and were heard and on March 24, 1903, we issued our written approval of the layout and location of said railroad.

NEW HAVEN.

The mayor of the city of New Haven presented a petition asking for permission to construct a spur track for switching purposes at grade across Sherland Avenue in said city, to be used for transporting stone from the quarries owned and operated by C. W. Blakeslee & Sons. After due notice to all parties in interest a hearing upon said application was had on the 20th day of March, 1903, when the parties appeared and were heard, and no opposition being made the petition was granted.

TRANSPORTATION OF EXPLOSIVES. Upon the application of the N. Y., N. H. & H. Railroad Company, under the provisions of Section 3771 of the Revised Statutes of 1902, we prescribed written regulations for the transportation of an explosive material or compound known as Masurite, under date of April 21, 1903.

TORRINGTON. The warden and burgesses of the borough of Torrington brought before us their petition dated February 14, 1903, asking for gates at the Water and Pearl Street crossings of the Naugatuck Railroad in said borough. An order for a hearing of the petition on the 21st day of April, 1903, was issued, but previous to the hearing the railroad and the borough officials agreed that gates should be ordered at each of said crossings without a public hearing of the petition, and on the 28th day of April an order was issued by us, with the consent of both parties, requiring gates to be erected and operated at each of said crossings between the hours of 6.45 a. M. and 7.45 P. M. daily, Sunday excepted.

SUNDAY TRAINS.

Permits for running Sunday trains on the N. Y., N. H. & H. Railroad were issued on May 27, 1903, July 1, 1903, and on July 21, 1903. Also on the Central New England Railway on May 12, 1903.

DANBURY.

The mayor of the City of Danbury presented a petition for gates at the Wildman Street crossing and all other grade crossings within the city limits where public safety and convenience required the same, dated April 29, 1903. On the 5th day of May, 1903, we met and heard the parties, and the evidence offered principally referred to conditions existing at the Wildman Street and Maple Avenue crossings. The Maple Avenue crossing was considered and decided by us in November, 1900, and it was not shown that any changes had taken place in the conditions surrounding said crossing since that decision. In view of the conditions existing at the Wildman Street crossing we were of the opinion that public safety required that gates should be established and maintained and we so ordered.

NEW BRITAIN.

The mayor and common council of the City of New Britain presented a petition dated May 8, 1903, asking for an extension of the time during which gates should be operated at the various railroad crossings in said city. The officials of the railroad company agreed with the corporation counsel of the city to operate the gates during the hours named in the petition and to waive the right of a public hearing thereon, and accordingly an order to that effect was issued by us on the 27th day of May, 1903.

SAYBROOK.

On April 8, 1903, the selectmen of the town of Old Saybrook presented to us a petition asking for gates at the Main and Lynde Street crossings in said town. After due notice the parties were heard on the 22d day of May, 1903, and on June 17th an order was issued requiring gates at Main Street and a flagman at Lynde Street to be operated during the hours named therein.

CHATHAM. .

In April, 1903, the selectmen of the town of Chatham, on the Air Line division of the Y. Y., N. H. & H. R. R., presented a petition asking that gates be erected at a crossing about a mile west of East Hampton station, known as “ Long Crossing.” On Vay 8th we met and heard the parties in interest, and on June 1, 1903, in view of the fact that the crossing was situated at too great a distance from the station for the convenient and economical operation of gates, ordered that an electric signal bell be maintained and operated at said crossing.

PLAINVILLE.

On April 8, 1903, the selectmen of Plainville presented a petition, in which they complained that an electric alarm bell previously ordered at East Main Street crossing on the Highland division of the N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R. Co. did not afford proper protection, and asking that gates be substituted; also asking that gates be erected at Broad Street on the Northampton division, that the approach to the passenger station from the highway known as West Main Street was not convenient, safe, and free from obstructions before and after the arrival of passenger trains, and requesting that the practice of switch

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