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Chapter 2

The Welsh-built Central Rly. of Chubut


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Appendix 9

Regulations for Passengers, 1890

Tickets and Fines
Article 1—All passengers must carry their tickets and no one is allowed to take a seat in any coach without having fulfilled this requirement. The passenger who, at the request of the Guard, is unable to show his ticket, will incur a fine of $ 0.50 national money, which sum will be paid to the Guard, who will issue a receipt for it. The passenger will have to get off at the first station and purchase tickets from his setting-off point to his destination. Passengers who have purchased a second class ticket will be able to travel in a first class coach on paying the difference from the station at which they purchased their tickets.

Types and issue of tickets
Article 2—Ordinary tickets, which are issued to passengers, will specify the class of coach in which they will travel, and the destination to which they have paid their fare; such tickets have to be shown, or handed-over by the passengers when they are requested by the Guard, or other employee of the company duly authorised to do so.

Article 3—Children less than three years old will not pay a fare; those that are over this, but are not ten years old, will pay half fare.

Exact payment for Ticket
Article 4—To avoid confusion and delay occasioned by having to receive change, passengers are requested to pay the ticket office the exact payment for the tickets which they purchase.

Claims about Change
Article 5—Passengers are recommended to examine their tickets and change before leaving the Ticket Office, otherwise no claim will be entertained.

Tickets not transferable, etc.
Article  6—Ordinary tickets are valid only to the station to which they have been purchased and are not transferable. Persons who stop at intermediate station will hand-over their tickets, and will loose the right to the rest of the journey. Tickets issued at special rates are only valid between the stations shown, and if passengers alight at an intermediate station, they will have to hand over their ticket and pay the ordinary fare, less the amount of the ticket handed-over if there be a difference in fare.

Return tickets
Article  7—Tickets are valid only for the train for which they were purchased with the exception of return tickets, which will be valid for three days, including the day of issue, counting without distinction Sundays, holidays and working days, and when there are two consecutive days of holiday, the tickets will be valid for four days.

Passengers travelling beyond the station indicated on their tickets
Article  8—If a passenger travels further than the point indicated on his ticket, he will have to pay the fare for the part of his journey for which he did not have a ticket and a fine of $ 0.50 national money, unless he has advised the Guard before he has reached the point to which his ticket is valid of his intention to continue his journey, in which case he will pay only for the part of the journey for which he did not have a ticket, with no fine.

Closing times of Ticket Offices
Article 9—In departure stations, the ticket offices will close two minutes before the published time of departure of the trains and in intermediate stations on the arrival of the train at the station. Any passenger who boards the train without a ticket shall pay the fare together with the fine noted in Article 1.

Lunatics and seriously ill people
Article  10—Lunatics and the seriously ill will only be able to be carried in a special compartment, and the corresponding number of tickets must be purchased. It will be necessary to advise the Station Master giving two days' notice, presenting a certificate of a legally recognised medical practitioner to the effect that the illness from which the ill person is suffering is not contagious. Should he be contagious he may in no way travel by train.

Reserved coaches
Article  11—Reserved coaches must be requested from the Station Master giving two days' notice and they shall be provided only when convenient to the Company. The interested party shall pay the fare for the seats contained in the coach with a discount of 25 % on the said amount.

Passengers who destroy Company property
Article  12—Any passenger who damages, destroys or in any way interferes with things belonging to the Company shall be detained until he has paid the cost of the damage done, failing which the Station Master will hand him over to the Police as soon as possible, retaining his luggage until the payment demanded is made.

Removal of those who lack due decorum
Article 13—Employees of the Company on their own account, or at the request of the other passengers will require any passenger or other person, who by reason of his bad comportment offends against due decorum; and in the event of that person's refusing to leave the coach or lands of the Undertaking, shall be expelled by force and immediately handed-over to the Police.

Armed passengers, drunks etc.
Article  14—No person who is in a state of intoxication, nor those who carry loaded fire arms, nor packets or bundles of whatever nature which by their shape, volume or bad smell might incommode other passengers will be allowed in the coaches; nor may people bearing loaded fire arms remain on the platforms of the stations until it is proved that the said arms are not loaded.

Moving from one coach to another etc.
Article  15—It is strictly prohibited to board a coach, alight from it, remain on the balcony or move from one coach to another while the train is in motion.

Smoking prohibited
Article  16—The Guard is authorised to prohibit, at the request of any passenger, smoking in the coaches, save in those so designated for that purpose.

Interference with employees in their duties
Article  17—Persons who maliciously interfere with, or impede, the Company's employees in the fulfilment of their duties shall be punished according to the law.

Insolence on the part of employees
Article  18—The Management requests that passengers report in writing addressed to the Manager all cases of rudeness or lack of respect on the part of the Company's employees.

Article 19—Only dogs belonging to second class passengers will be carried and will be charged the appropriate fare. The animals will be under the care and be the responsibility of their owners. In the event that a dog incommodes a passenger, the owner is under the obligation to remove it from the coach to another part of the train indicated by the Guard. Dogs travelling without their owner shall have a collar, muzzle and chain, and a label with the name of the consignee and destination, and will be carried in the designated compartment. In the event of dogs being taken in coaches without the appropriate ticket the fine noted in Article 1 will be charged.

Arrival of trains
Article 20—The Undertaking will always do what is possible to ensure that the trains arrive at the time fixed in the timetable, but will not accept any responsibility for any damage which passengers may suffer by delays in the journey cause by force majeur or chance.

Officials of the Superior Government or Troops

Government Officials
Article 21—Officials or troops who travel at the expense of the Most Excellent National Government will before starting their journey give the Station Master an official order duly signed by a competent person and the Station Master will give in exchange sufficient tickets for the journey and collect in exchange for them a receipt which will be placed at the foot of the document referred to.

Special Trains
Article 22—The Undertaking will arrange trains at all times it is convenient and shall charge $ 1.00 national money for each kilometre run by the locomotive from its leaving the engine shed until its return, with a minimum of $ 50.00 national money.


Classification of Luggage
Article 23—Luggage shall include trunks, suitcases, hat boxes, overnight bags, saddles, camp beds and in general the personal effects of passengers. All other types of packages shall be conveyed as parcels or goods as is appropriate.

Free luggage etc.
Article 24—Each passenger with an ordinary ticket shall be permitted to carry 50 kilogrammes of luggage free. In order to justify his right to this concession, the passenger must show his ticket to the parcels foreman and he must travel in the same train as his luggage, failing which the concession will not be given. All weight in excess of that specified shall be charged for according to the tariff.

Advance payment
Article 25—Excess charges for luggage must be paid for in advance, but the right is reserved to inspect the luggage, and to charge for any excess which there might be at the station from which it is sent.

Reception of luggage
Article 26—All passengers' luggage sent by this line must be in the station at least ten minutes before the advertised time of departure of the train, otherwise it will not be sent until the next train. Luggage for stations on other lines must arrive 30 minutes before.

Labels put-on by passengers
Article 27—For the security of their luggage it is necessary for passengers to label each item with the name of the owner and the destination and also remove all old labels.

Labels attached by employees
Article 28—In all cases luggage labelled and numbered by Company employees will have the corresponding counter-foils or duplicates given to the passenger; at the destination the passenger must give the said duplicates to the Station Master and all luggage which bears the corresponding number or numbers will be hand-over promptly.

Prohibited articles
Article 29—Nobody may carry spirits, nitric acid, sulphuric acid, other acids, gunpowder, matches or other dangerous things by passenger train. The Company may reject any package which it suspects may contains items of this nature.

Responsibility of the Company for luggage
Article 30—The Company shall not be responsible for any luggage that is not labelled with the name and destination of the passenger, or which has not been reclaimed within thirty minutes of the arrival of the train at its destination. It will deposit any item so left in the stores of the Undertaking, charging storage at the rate of ten centavos national money for each 10 kilogrammes or item per day until it is reclaimed.

Weight of luggage
Article 31—The weight of all luggage shall be calculated per 5 kilogrammes according to the tariff. Any fraction of 5 kilogrammes shall be charged as the whole.

Responsibility for luggage deposited
Article 32—In the event that pieces of luggage be not reclaimed, the public shall be given notice by means of advertisements placed in two or three periodicals, on three occasions, with an interval one one month between insertions. If no one presents himself to reclaim the items within one year of the final insertion, they will be placed at the disposal of the relevant District Judge to proceed to their sale at public auction. The proceeds of these sales, less expenses incurred, will be allocated to the promotion of primary education.

Deposited luggage
Article  33—If any passenger wishes to leave his luggage deposited in a station he may do so on his own risk and on payment of storage in accordance with Article 30.

Responsibility for the contents of luggage
Article  34—The Company shall not be responsible for any package carried by the passenger himself, nor for jewellery, stones, cheques or other documents or valuables which the luggage contains, nor for a sum greater than twenty [pesos] national money for each item mislaid whose contents are unknown to them.


Marked parcels
Article  35—The Company shall not be responsible for parcels nor effects of whatever kind which were not specifically marked with the name and address of the consignee. Packages in bad condition or whose packaging is inadequate will not be accepted.

Acceptance of parcels
Article  36—All parcels for this line must be delivered to the station at least 20 minutes before the advertised time of departure of the train, failing which they will be retained until the next train; and for other lines they must be delivered 30 minutes before the said time. They will not be despatched without the amount according to Article 25 being charged.

Heavy and bulky packages, furniture, etc.
Article 37—Assembled furniture, musical instruments, plants and all bulky packages will pay double their actual weight or measurement as is appropriate. The Undertaking considers that one cubic metre is equal to 400 kilogrammes and a cubic foot to 12 kilogrammes. Packages in excess of 250 kilogrammes each, except pianos, shall not be accepted.

Live birds and animals
Article 38—Domestic birds, or other live animals of any sort, as also things that by their nature deteriorate quickly, will be paid for in advance, and must be reclaimed within two hours of the arrival of the train. The Company will not be responsible for losses caused by the deaths of such birds or animals.

Delivery of birds, etc.
Article 39—Birds or animals which be not reclaimed in the period above specified, will be kept for two days at the expense of the consignee, following which time they will be sold by the Company to pay for the expenditure involved.

Dead animals, meat, game, etc.
Article 40—The carriage for dead animals, fresh meat, and game, as also for fruit, vegetables, butter, eggs, empty packages, etc., will be paid in advance according the tariffs for parcels. In the event of not being reclaimed within two hours of the arrival of the train, the meat or other thing, may be sold for the best offer, and the nett proceeds, after the deduction of all expenses which may have been occasioned in such case, shall await the consignee,

Express trains
Article 41—The Company will not despatch parcels on express or special trains, neither will they be obliged to despatch large consignments in solely a single train. The receipt or hand-over will be made only by day.

Minimum charged $ 0.20 national money, etc
Article 42—All other parcels will be despatched according to the tariffs, but in for non-insured parcels. After this storage will be charged at the rate of $ 0.10 national money per day for each 10 kilogrammes or package with the exceptions noted in Articles 38,39 and 40.

Articles when payment refused
Article 47—In the event that the owner or consignee refuse to pay for the carriage or expenses of any article, it will be sold at public auction in order to reimburse the Undertaking.

Right to verify the contents of parcels
Article 48—The person in charge of the parcels office will have the right to verify that the contents are as declared when it is thought appropriate.

Damage or loss of parcels
Article 49—In the event of damage or loss of parcels, the interested party must immediately communicate with the Station Master, so that he may take the necessary measures to find them, and if at the expiry of 15 days after the claim the lost object has not been found, the Company will pay its value. In event that this cannot be established the Undertaking will pay compensation not exceeding $ 200.00 national money.

Responsibility for jewellery, etc.
Article 50—The Company shall not be responsible for any package which passengers carry with themselves, nor for jewellery, stones, cheques or other documents or valuables which the package contain unless they have been insured in accordance with Article 44.

Fine sheep, pigs, etc.
Article 51—Sheep, pigs and goats which are conveyed in the parcels van shall pay carriage per head according to the tariff.

Sheep, birds, etc., in cages
Article 52—Sheep, goats or other animals (including birds) carried in cages will pay carriage by weight or size in accordance with the tariff for parcels.


Article 53—Fish in sturdy baskets or boxes will be carried from one station to another in accordance with the tariff and will travel subject to the conditions noted in Articles 40, 41, 42 and 43.


Tariff for milk
Article 54—Milk will be carried in accordance with the tariff, considering one churn of 20 litres as equivalent to 10 kilos.

Transport in churns, etc.
Article 55—Milk must be carried in churns in good condition and will be subject to the requirements noted in Articles 40, 41, 42 and 43.


Article 56—Corpses will be charged at the rate for 1000 kilogrammes of parcels and for 500 kilogrammes for children up to the age of ten years.

Article 57—No corpse will be conveyed without the permission of the competent authorities and in addition the interested parties must hold a certificate by a legally recognised medical practitioner declaring the cause of death has not been due to a contagious disease; otherwise it will not be possible to convey the body.


Article 58—Telegrams written in Spanish will be charged at the rate of forty centavos for the first ten words of text or fraction thereof and ten centavos for each subsequent group of five words, or fraction thereof.
Press telegrams carry a fifty per cent reduction on the ordinary tariff.
Telegrams requiring an acknowledgement of receipt shall carry a surcharge of 40 centavos; urgent telegrams carry a triple charge; collated telegrams carry a quadruple charge; and multiple ones a fixed charge of twenty centavos per copy.
For conferences six pesos national money shall be charged for the first quarter of an hour, and two pesos of like money for each subsequent five minutes, or fraction thereof.
For telegrams written in a foreign language the charge is 50% over the ordinary tariff.
Coded telegrams are accepted under the following conditions:
1st Charge of twenty centavos for each word including the address and firm
2nd Accepting a word as ten letters, provided they are written in one of the following languages:
Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Latin or Portuguese.
These tariffs refer to any of the stations of the undertakings associated with the Convencion Télegrafica Argentina [Argentine Telegraphic Convention].
For stations not included in the Telegraphic Convention the tariff will be that of each undertaking.

Placing of Advertisements

Tariff for Advertisements
Article 59—Persons desiring to place advertisements in the stations of this Railway, will be able to do so under the following conditions:
In first class stations (for one month) at the rate of $ 3.00 national money per square metre, with a minimum charge of $ 1.00 national money.
In second class stations (for one month) at the rate of $ 2.00 national money per square metre, with a minimum charge of 0.75 centavos.
In third class stations (for one month) at the rate of $ 1.00 national money per square metre, with a minimum charge of $ 0.50 national money. In all stations the above quoted tariff is subject to a 50% reduction.

Advertisements for one year 30 per cent
" " six months 20 " "|
" " three months 10
Advertisements for Auctions, Horse Races, Raffles, etc., which do not exceed 50 square centimetres (that is the fourth part of a square metre) will be charged at $ 2.00 national money for all stations with no reduction whatsoever if they are not placed in all of them. These advertisements may be exhibited from fifteen days in advance of the date noted in the advertisement and the Company may remove them on the day after the event.

The Company reserve the right to refuse advertisements which it is not convenient to place.


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