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i&atltoag Intelligent. The South Eastern Railway Company, at their half- yearly meeting on Thursday week, announced in the report of the directors to the proprietors, that the use of propelling engines is now forbidden on every part of the South Eastern Railway." This announcement was received with loud cheers. It was also stated that the directors had come to the determination of having the electric telegraph laid down over the whole of the railway. At present it is laid down only between Tonbridge and Maidstone; hut even this limited extent has so clearly shown its advantages as a means of communication, and as adding greatly to the safety and regular working of the railway, that they no longer hesitated to adopt the course above-mentioned. In addition, the speed of the ordinary trains has been accelerated, and the accommodation of third-class carriages much increased. We congratulate the directors upon these reforms, as well as upon the con- templated comprehensive operations mentioned in the report for connecting the South Eastern, at convenient points of junction, with the Sonth Western, the Great Western, and the London and Birmingham lines. With regard to the reforms, however, it may not be amiss to observe, that with the exception of the extension of the electric telegraph, they had all been prominently discussed in Parliament and through the press; thus showing that a little" pressure from without" is sometimes as useful to railway directors as it is to Cabinet Ministers. WELSH MIDLAND RAILWAY. On Wednesday week, the Directors of this Railway, attended by the officers of the company, pursuant to an appointment previously made, met the Provisional Com- mittee of this great undertaking in the large room, at the Green Dragon Hotel, Hereford, for the, purpose of con- ferring with them as to the general policy ot the Welsh Midland measure, in so far as it affects the county of Hereford. J. Palmer Budd, Esq., opened the proceedings by ob. serving, that coming out, as the Welsh Midland did, from the great manufacturing districts of South Wales—taking Swansea, the great outlet into the Channel, the Harbour of Refuge, and the great seat of the copper trade of this kingdom, in its route—coming by a main hne up to Brecon, joining there with the Carmarthen and other lines, and in its course uniting with lines already existing in the mineral districts — viz., from Llandilo to connect the Llanelly district by means of the Llaneliy Railway, and from Brecon, by means of a junction with the Taff Yale Railway—thus connecting the whole of the works in the important district of Merthyr Tydvii with the main trunk of the Welsh Midland, which passes through the country in the most direct manner possible, to the great seat of manufacturing industry situate in and around Bir- mingham, on the one hand and passing, from a point north of Eardisley, up the Wye Valley, to Hereford, thence via Ledbury (where an extension will be made to Glou- cester) to Malvern and Worcester, and from Hereford to Shrewsbury—would, by these means, render the city of Hereford the great centre of railway accommodation, and afford the most direct course from the manufacturing dis- tricts of South Wales, and from the agricultural counties of Hereford, Brecon, and Worcester, to the great railway system of the Midland Counties and the North of England- It was an object with the company to open the whole of the Welsh iron and coal districts; to supply the county of Hereford with minerals, and give it also an outlet for its produce. By this railway accommodation it appeared to him that the city and county of Hereford would have the means of supplying itself with coal from Staffordshire, Glamorganshire, Monmouthshire, Shropshire, and the Fo- rest of Dean even, and in return it would have the advan- tage of sending out its produce to the best markets; by it they would be enabled to purchase coal and lime at greatly reduced prices, and he believed that it would greatly benefit the landed interest generally. In addition to the straight line which would go from Hereford to Shrewsbury, there would be a direct line from Leominster to Kidderminster, where it would join the great railways to the north. Mr. Newton had asked, why they left out Merthyr 1 In reply, be would say, they did not leave out Merthyr, they accommodated Merthyr, and the whole iron trade of South Wales, in the beat possible way. There was at present a very extensive line from Cardiff to Merthyr, which they took advantage of at two points, one at the station at Merthyr, the other at the terminus at Aberdare, and they brought the whole of this great district into con- nexion with the Welsh Midland at Brecon, where the traffic would enter the main line. Then as regarded Newport, by means of the measures of the Newport and Abergavenny Railway, with which important Company they were in friendly alliance, and with whom they bad agreed for an uniformity of guage, they would receive the whole of the produce of the Monmouthshire iron field at Hereford from whence they would convey it to the North and other parts. The Newport, Abergavenny, and Here- ford Railway Company had purchased the tram road from Hereford to Abergavenny, and having also purchased the whole of the Monmouthshire Canal interest, the most com- plete communication possible between Monmouthshire and the North, in conjunction with the Welsh Midland at Hereford, would be effected. The same means of com- munication which took the produce of the works to the sea, would, by this continuation northwards, now bring it into the great manufacturing district of Staffordshire end Warwickshire. The Welsh Midland would put the pro- duce of the iron and copper and tin works into direct and unbroken communication with the whole kingdom. He made these observations in the presence of Mr. Bailey, who, as a great iron master, and a gentleman well ac- quainted with the wants and wishes of the country, would say in how far his statement was a correct one. He trusted that the statement he had made would settle the question, and throw overboard the assertion that had been made elsewhere, that the Welsh Midland accommodated two iron works only, the fact being that the Welsh Mid- land accommodated the whole of the iron, copper, and tin trade of South Wales, and the great population necessarily employed in their production. Not only would the Welsh Midland carry to the North, but by small loops it would give accommodation to the ports of Swansea, Llanelly, Cardiff, and Newport. Joseph Bailey, Esq., jun., M.P rose and said, that after maturely considering which he thought would be the best for the county of Hereford, he was induced to join the Welsh Midland, he cause he thought it answered the wants and requirements of the county generally. Largely connected with the mining districts as he was, he could readily say that the Welsh Midland would fully meet all the wants of those important districts also. Upon this point he wished to be clearly understood that by the Welsh Midland and those necessary connections which they had entered into, the whole of the mineral districts of South Wales would be brought into the most direct communica- tion compatible with the engineering circumstances of the country with those parts of it which it was their end and aim to be closely connected with. Looking to the interest of the county of Hereford, he thought they would secure that by the Welsh Midland, a competition between the different coal fields which would have a very beneficial effect; by it they could have coal from all the surround- ing counties instead of being confined to one or two. In addition to this they would also secure communication with the best markets for their agricultural produce. (Hear, hear.) These were thfr views which made him take part in the Welsh Midland Company. He should be sorry to disparage any other scheme but it should be borne in mind that in this company the public had a great local interest, the landowners and others along the line having taken a large number of shares, thus showing in the best possible manner the interest that they had in the success of the undertaking. The various landowners, now assembled around the tables, proceeded to examine the plans, and the engineer explained how the various properties would be affected by the line. The line running from Hay via Kinnersley, Weobly, Leominster, Bewdley, Kidderminster, and Birmingham, I was but little discussed. The line, however, running from the more northern trunk by Yazor to Widemarsb (where a station is to be made capable of accommodating the traffic which will concentrate to that point, from Wor- cester, Malvern, and Ledbury in the east-Swansea, Merthyr, Carmarthen, and Brecon in the west—Newport, Cardiff, and Abergavenny in the south-and Liverpool, Birkenhead, and Shrewsbury in the north), and thence through or near to Tupsley, Longworth, Stoke, Tarrington, &c., to Bosbury, Great Malvern, and Worcester, and also to Ledbury, Newent, and Gloucester. The directors were exceedingly anxious to meet the views of the landowners.


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