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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.
OFFICE OF RAILROAD COMMISSIONERS,
Columbia, S. C., January 1, 1909. To His Excellency M. F. Ansel, Governor of South Carolina.
Sir: We have the honor to transmit the thirtieth Annual Report of the Railroad Commissioners of South Carolina for the year ending June 30, 1908. Yours respectfully,
B. L. CAUGHMAN, Chairman,
J. M. SULLIVAN,
JUN 27 1917
THIRTIETH ANNUAL REPORT
For the Year Ending December 31st, 1908
Rules and Regulations Governing Steam Railroad, Telegraph, Telephone and Express Companies.
Abstracts From Laws of South Carolina Relating to Transportation and Transmission Companies.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE RAILROAD COM
MISSIONERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
To the General Assembly of South Carolina:
We submit for your consideration this the thirtieth Annual Report of the Railroad Commission of South Carolina, which includes information extracted from the annual reports as made to the Commission for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1908, by railroad, express, telegraph and telephone companies operating in South Carolina over which we have jurisdiction.
There has been some delay in obtaining these annual reports required by State law of the railroad companies. This delay to some extent was caused by the fact that the printed forms of the reports, which are prepared by the Interstate Commerce Commission, were not furnished promptly.
This Commmission has also prepared, and herewith submits, a compilation of the most important laws of the State, relating to the duties of the Railroad Commission and the regulation of transportation and transmission companies under its jurisdiction. We believe this compilation will be appreciated by the public as affording much practical information regarding matters of general interest.
CLASSIFICATIONS AND FREIGHT TARIFFS.
During the past year we have thoroughly reviewed and to some extent revised and changed tariffs and classifications applicable to shipments within this State. These classifications and tariffs are now more complete than those heretofore published and may be relied upon as correct on date of issue, though subject to changes after proper notice.
Since our last report thirty-six miles of new railroad has been constructed and put in operation in South Carolina. This does not include new spurs, yard or side-tracks, 8.62 miles of which were laid during the period mentioned. The total length of main track and branches now used in this State by steam railroads as common carriers is 3,156.19 miles. The entire trackage, including spurs, sidings and yard tracks is 3,559.02 miles.