INQ004

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Royal commission to investigate the subject of locomotive spark arresters as a means of preventing the occurrence of destructive fires in the working of the Victorian railways
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McKenzie, Malcolm Kenneth et. al.
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Recommendations for this Inquiry

INQ-ref REC-UID CODE SubCode SrcNUM Recommendation
INQ004 REC004-3992 F - Research and technology 17 - Assets and technology Recommendation 1a

That the use of a spark-arrester and cinder-arrester by the Railway Department shall not constitute a defence to an action for damage caused by fire escaping from a locomotive, unless the Department proves that such spark-arrester and cinder-arrester were in a thoroughly efficient condition when

INQ004 REC004-3993 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform Recommendation 1b

That in any case where there is primá facie evidence of a fire, creating damage to the extent of $100 or upwards in value, having been caused by the escape of particles of lighted matter from a locomotive engine, or by the action of railway employes in burning off grass or other inflammable mater

INQ004 REC004-3994 F - Research and technology 17 - Assets and technology Recommendation 2

That the Railway Department, while gradually reducing the number of different types of locomotives, should steadily keep in view the adoption of English and American railway practice, by providing engines with larger boilers, fire boxers, and smoke-boxes, and with wide blast-pipes, in order to in

INQ004 REC004-3995 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform Recommendation 3

That the standard double arrester, fitted to the locomotives during the summer months, be subjected to more careful daily inspection before and after each journey during such months, in addition to the present periodical examination by the locomotive foreman and boiler inspector; and that any omi

INQ004 REC004-3996 F - Research and technology 17 - Assets and technology Recommendation 4

That the standard pattern of cinder arrester be affixed to the ash-pans in all locomotives during the summer months.

INQ004 REC004-3997 E - Agency Organisation 40 - Equipment and consumables Recommendation 5

That suitable metal receptacles be fitted under the spittoons of all smoking compartments of country trains, to receive pipe ashes, lighted tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, matches, or other inflammable matter used by smokers.

INQ004 REC004-3998 A - Responsibility 19 - Offences Recommendation 6

That a by-law be made forbidding, under a heavy penalty, any persons travelling in such trains to throw lighted tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, pipe ashes, matches, or other inflammable matter on the railway line or right-of-way, or in any part of a railway carriage except the receptacles duly provi

INQ004 REC004-3999 B - Preparedness 10 - Electricity infrastructure Recommendation 7

That, in view of the fact that along many of the lines, between the road-bed and the fences, there are numbers of dry inflammable stumps, which, when they catch fire, are very difficult to extinguish, and that the surface of the ground surrounding these stumps is usually chipped by the permanent-

INQ004 REC004-4000 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform Recommendation 8

That section 22 of the Police Offences Act 1890 be amended, to enable the burning of grass and debris along the railway lines in the summer season to be carried out at an earlier hour than two o'clock in the afternoon, when, in the judgement of the railway inspectors, it is safe and necessary to