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A COMPILATION OF THE GENERAL RAILROAD LAW OF THE STATE,
Being The Law as Fixed BY AMENDATORY Acts of DECEMBER, 1882,
DECEMBER, 1883, DECEMBER, 1884, DECEMBER, 1886,
DECEMBER, 1887, AND DECEMBER, 1888.
Also the following Acts Passed at the Session of 1887: To prohibit the obstruction of navigation by bridges over and across rivers in this State. To amend Section 155 of the Code of Procedure, relating to the service of summons.
To amend Section 1663 of the General Statutes, relating to unclaimed personal property in possession of common carriers.
To prevent monopolies in the transportation of freights, and to secure free competition in the same, and for other purposes.
MILLEDGE L. BONHAM, CHAIRMAN,
MARCELLUS T. BARTLETT, SECRETARY.
LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.
OFFICE OF RAILROAD COMMISSIONERS,
COLUMBIA, S. C., October 16, 1889. To His Excellency John PETER RICHARDSON,
Governor of the State of South Carolina : DEAR Sır: We have the honor of transmitting to you, to be laid before the General Assembly, our Annual Report as Railroad Commissioners.
M. L. BONHAM, Chairman,
EUGENE P. JERVEY,
ELEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives :
The Board of Railroad Commissioners have the honor to submit their Eleventh Annual Report herewith.
REPORTS FROM RAILROAD COMPANIES.
Annual Reports have been received from all the Railroads in the State which have been in operation more than a year, and your attention is called to the statistical tables of same, published elsewhere in this Report.
NAMES AND MILEAGE OF RAILROADS IN THE STATE.
Total Miles. So. Ca. Asheville and Spartanburg Railroad.
22.70 Ashley River Railroad......
4 Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railway
269 125 Barnwell Railway .........
9 Bishopville Railroad....
15 Blackville, Alston, and Newberry Railroad ......... 30 30 Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway..
10.50 Carolina, Cumberland Gap, and Chicago Railway. 24 24 Carolina, Knoxville, and Western Railway.. 13
13 Central Railroad of South Carolina....
40 Charleston, Cincinnati, and Chicago Railroad...... 149 107.5 Charleston and Savannah Railway......
102.5 90.5 Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.... ... 191
178.8 Cheraw and Chester Railroad..
28.6 28.6 Cheraw and Darlington Railroad...
40 Cheraw and Salisbury Railroad..
11 Chester and Lenoir Railroad ........
109.3 37 Columbia and Greenville Railroad .....
199 199 Eutawville Railroad
35 Florence Railroad .......
24.47 24.47 Georgetown and Western Railroad ...........
36 Green Pond, Walterboro, and Branchville R. R.... 14
14 Georgia, Carolina, and Northern Railway
30 Laurens Railway....
29.9 29.9 Manchester and Augusta Railroad .....
Total Miles. So. Ca. Northeastern Railroad..
102 Palmetto Railroad
18.2 11.2 Port Royal and Augusta Railway.
112 108.3 Port Royal and Western Carolina Railway 228.2 211.2 South Carolina Railway..
246 245 Spartanburg, Union, and Columbia Railroad ........ 68 68 Wilmington, Chadbourn, and Conway Railroad... 39.17 25.17 Wilmington, Columbia, and Augusta Railroad...... 192 124 Wilson ard Summerton Railroad...
Total miles in South Carolina June 30, 1889..
June 30, 1888..
An increase of........
making the total number miles October 1, 1889,
A greater number of miles than have ever before been built in South Carolina in one year. This record shows the fallacy of the arguments used by many, viz., that the existence of a Railroad Commission within a State prevents the building of Railroads, and thus retards the prosperity of such a section of the country.
CONDITION OF ROADS.
The steady improvement in the physical condition of the roads in South Carolina, as alluded to in our last Report, has continued, and your attention is called to the following synopsis of general improvement, also to the report of inspection of each road published elsewhere.
There have been relaid with steel rails during the past year 127.44 miles of track. To this add the new mileage laid with steel, 170.21 miles, and there is shown the large total of 297.65 miles of steel rail laid during the past fiscal year.
The improvement in ballasting the roads with better terial continues, and during the past year many additional miles track have been put in good condition in this particular.