(1) Any railroad company may, without securing the grant of any ferry franchise or
privilege from the county judge/executive, transport, or employ other persons to transport
for it, any passengers, baggage or freight carried, or to be carried, on its railroad
line, across any stream within or bordering upon this state.
(2) Any railroad company operating a ferry for the purposes mentioned in subsection
(1) of this section may transport thereon any other persons, freight or baggage offered
for transportation upon obtaining the grant of a ferry franchise or privilege in the
manner prescribed by law, except that no railroad company, employee, agent or trustee
of a railroad company, shall be granted a franchise or privilege to establish, operate
or maintain a new ferry within one mile and a half in a straight line of any ferry
already established and in operation.
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