RAILROADS AND OTHER PUBLIC UTILITIES
RAILROAD CORPORATIONS — GENERAL PROVISIONS AND POWERS
62-104. Enumeration of powers. Every railroad corporation has power:
1. To cause such examination and surveys to be made as may be necessary to the selection of the most advantageous route for the railroad; and for such purposes their officers, agents and employees may enter upon the lands or waters of any person, subject to liability for all damages which they do thereto.
2. To receive, hold, take and convey, by deed or otherwise, as a natural person, such voluntary grants and donations of real estate and other property which may be made to it to aid and encourage the construction, maintenance and accommodation of such railroad.
3. To purchase, or by voluntary grants or donations to receive, take possession of, hold, and use all such real estate and other property as may be necessary for the construction and maintenance of such railroad, and for all stations, depots and other purposes necessary to successfully work and conduct the business of the road.
4. To lay out its road, not exceeding nine (9) rods wide, and to construct and maintain the same, with a single or double track, and with such appendages and adjuncts as may be necessary for the convenient use of the same: provided, that any such railroad corporation may take and hold any right of way or other property, of whatever width or extent that it may acquire under the laws of congress.
5. To construct its road across, along or upon any stream of water, water course, navigable stream, street, avenue or highway, or across any railway, canal, ditch or flume which the route of its road intersects, crosses or runs along, in such manner as to afford security for life and property; but the corporation must restore the stream or water course, road, street, avenue, highway, railroad, canal, ditch or flume thus intersected to its former state of usefulness as near as may be, or so that the railroad shall not unnecessarily impair its usefulness or injure its franchise.
6. To cross, intersect, join or unite its railroad with any other railroad, either before or after construction, at any point upon its route, and upon the grounds of such other railroad corporation with the necessary turnouts, sidings and switches, and other conveniences in furtherance of the objects of its connections; and every corporation whose railroad is, or shall be hereafter, intersected by any new railroad, must unite with the owners of such new railroad in forming such new intersections and connections, and grant facilities therefor. And if the two (2) corporations cannot agree upon the amount of compensation to be made therefor, or the points or the manner of such crossings, intersections and connections, the same must be ascertained and determined as is provided in the Code of Civil Procedure.
7. To purchase lands, timber, stone, gravel or other materials to be used in the construction and maintenance of its road, and all necessary appendages and adjuncts, or acquire them in the manner provided in the Code of Civil Procedure for the condemnation of lands; and to change the line of its road in whole or in part whenever a majority of the directors so determine, as is provided hereinafter, but no such change must vary the general route of such road as contemplated in its articles of incorporation.
8. To carry persons and property on their railroad and receive tolls or compensation therefor.
9. To erect and maintain all necessary and convenient buildings, stations, depots, fixtures and machinery for the accommodation and use of their passengers, freight and business.
10. To regulate the time and manner in which passengers and property shall be transported, and the tolls and compensation to be paid therefor within the limits prescribed by law, and subject to alteration, change or amendment by the legislature at any time.
11. To regulate the force and speed of their locomotives, cars, trains or other machinery used and employed on their road, and to establish, execute and enforce all needful and proper rules and regulations for the management of its business transactions usual and proper for railroad corporations.
[(62-104) R.S., sec. 2666; reen. R.C. & C.L., sec. 2796; C.S., sec. 4796; I.C.A., sec. 60-104.]