RAILWAY AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTH WEST BLACK COUNTRY

 
 

 

 

 

County Express
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BRIERLEY HILL, STOURBRIDGE, KIDDERMINSTER & DUDLEY NEWS
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE & EAST WORCESTERSHIRE CHRONICLE


Vol. 2, No. 66 ] SATURDAY, 4th., APRIL, 1868 [ Price 1d.

DISTRICT INTELLIGENCE

RAILWAY MEETING:- The sixteenth half-yearly ordinary meeting of the Stourbridge Railway Company was held on Tuesday at the offices of Messers Heywood & Shepard, solicitors. Mr.William Akroyd presided. The attendance was not large. The report was very brief, simply announcing that the secretary was instructed to forward the accompanying statement of receipts and expenditure to the 31st. December last, as certified by the auditors, at the same time subjoining a copy of the engineer's report. The engineer reported that the permanent way and works had been kept in good order during the past half year, and were in a substantial condition. With the exception of a limited amount of additional siding accommodation, and putting gas into some stations, no new works of importance had been done in the last half-year. The Chairman in moving the adoption of the report, said he was happy to be able to state that the prospects of the completion and final arrangement with the Great Western Company were better than at any previous period. Owing, he believed, not in the slightest degree to any person connected with the company, the agreement was still in abeyance arising, from the difficulties consequent upon the large attention the officers of the North Western Company had to give to their own business. He should not be surprised, however, if in the course of the next hour they were to get a telegram. The Great Western directors had that day approved of a supplementary agreement to the one attained in the Act of 1866. As they would notice from the report, there had been a very trifling expenditure of money during the past half year, amounting to £2,750, on the Stourbridge Railway, and of £6,301 on the Stourbridge extension. Their engineer had given notice that the contractor's year of keeping the extension in repair had expired, and the Great Western would, he had no doubt, take the works to-morrow. After some further remarks on the character of the works, the Chairman concluded by formally moving the adoption of the report. - Mr.C.E.Swindell seconded the motion, which was carried. - On the motion of Rev.Cannon Woodgate, Mr.W.Akroyd and Mr.W.Lewis, the retiring directors, were unanimously re-elected. Mr.J.B.Fisher was re-elected auditor, on the motion of Mr.Cook. The usual complimentary vote of thanks to the chairman closed the proceedings.