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Subject: The Whitehaven News Oct. 7, 1869 Solway Junction Railway
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2004 22:22:57 EDT


       The usual half-yearly meeting of the shareholders of this company was
held at the Company's Offices, Westminster, on Wednesday week - J. DEES, Esq.,
deputy chairman, in the chair.

       The report of the directors stated that unexpected delays and
prevented the earlier opening of the line, particularly those in connexion with the
crossing of the Bowness Moss. The directors were glad to state that the line was
now open for goods and mineral traffic.

       On the 17th May a revised contract was entered into for settling all
disputes or claims of the contractors up till that time, and fixing the 17th
June as the period for the completion of the line. Additional works had been
required on the Moss, but the difficulties of this part of the work were now
mastered. The Caledonian Railway Company last session promoted a Bill having the
object, among other, of obtaining the sanction of Parliament to the agreement
which had been made between them and the Solway Company. This was opposed by
the Glasgow and South Western and North British Companies, but it was finally
approved by both Houses, and the Act confirming the agreement was passed.

       It had been considered advisable to postpone the opening for passenger
traffic until the line over the Moss had been thoroughly consolidated by the
running of goods and mineral traffic over it. The report of Mr. J. BRUNLEES,
the engineer, stated that during the past half year continued attention had
been given to the drainage of Bowness Moss, and it was now so far consolidated
that the passing of loads had very little effect on it. He had reported some
time ago that the goods and mineral traffic might be conducted with safety at a
moderate speed, and with engines of medium weight.

       During the past week heavy mineral trains had passed over the  line
daily with perfect safety. The station, signals, telegraph, and other minor
matters were all practically ready for the passenger traffic, and generally the
way and works were in good condition.

       The capital account showed that £391,430 had been expended, including
£46,134 in the past half year. The estimate of further expenditure on capital
account was £118,146 for lines in course of construction, and the capital
powers and other assets available to meet that expenditure were of the same

       The Chairman, in proposing the adoption of the report, said it was the
intention of the directors that the first two paragraphs should be taken as
really forming only one.  There was no desire whatever to throw the blame upon
the contractors exclusively, in consequence of the line not being finished
exactly at the time appointed. Additional works had been found necessary, and
thus an increase of time was required, He was happy to be able to state that
notwithstanding all the difficulties with which they had to contend, and the
adverse opinions of those who considered themselves exceedingly wise, they had
struggled on until the line was an accomplished fact. He ventured to prophecy
that, so far as stability and traffic was concerned, the Solway railway would be
found second to none in the Kingdom. He was largely interested in the
undertaking, but he had never ceased to have confidence in its success, provided it was
once opened, for the traffic was secured by agreements with other companies.

       Every day since the 13th of the month the traffic had increased, and
it was now in fact larger than their present means were adequate to take. Last
week nearly 1,500 tons of minerals were carried over the line. It was the
desire of the directors to have the line perfectly consolidated, and to have
everything in working order, before the inspector was invited to examine its
capabilities for passenger traffic. He was confident that in a very short time a
good interest would be paid to the shareholders.

       The motion was seconded by Mr. DAWSON, and unanimously agreed to.

       The following gentlemen were unanimously re-elected directors:

Alexander BROGDEN, Esq. M. P. 


Hugh KERR 


       A vote of thanks to the Chairman was proposed by Mr. THEOBALD, and
seconded by Mr. H. TAHOURDIN, and cordially agreed to, after which the meeting


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