The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 61
For the present, 1 suggest the following scale of charges, but in the hope and belief that, in a very short time, a much greater reduction would be practicable. Trucks for horses, cattle, sheep, calves, pigs, goats, hay, straw, agricultural produce of all kinds, and firewood, 4s. per truck. Minerals, bricks, clay, sand, and coal, is. per ton; anything under three tons to be charged as merchandise. Timber per 100 feet, or fraction of 100 feet, 3d. Every other class of merchandise, 2s. 6d. per ton. Anything under half a ton, to be charged at parcel rates. All fares to be from ticket station to ticket station, or for any intermediate distances the same charges.
With reference to goods freight, I wish to say that the above scale is only a suggestion. There are no statistics published on which I can found a reliable estimate; I am, however, certain of this, that goods freights could with great advantage be reduced by what would be equal to fully one-third all round.