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ORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT,

COMMISSIONERS:

J. P. THOMPSON, Chairman, Lebanon.
JOHN D. YOUNG, Flat Creek.
I. A. SPALDING, Morganfield.

SECRETARY,

CLARENCE EGBERT, Frankfort.

COMMISSIONERS' REPORT.

To the Hon. J. PROCTOR KNOTT,

Governor of the State of Kentucky : The Commissioners are gratified to be able to say that the past year has been one of unusual activity and prosperity for railroads. This activity has been displayed in a marked degree in our State by the extension of old roads and the construction of new ones. Since our last report 101.24 additional iniles of road have been constructed and operated in the State, as follows:

Miles.
Ohio Valley Railroad

70.75
Mammoth Cave Railroad

8.50 Chesapeake and Nashville

12.00 Mud River Coal Road .

4.49 Indiana, Alabama and Texas

2.00 Kensee Coal Road

2.00 Cincinnati and South-eastern .

1.50

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101.24

Besides the above, there are now actually under contract and construction 365 miles more, as follows:

Miles.
Covington, Maysville and Big Sandy

140
Clarksville and Princeton .

40 Bardstown and Springfield

17 (Chesapeake and Nashville) Scottsville to Glasgow

23 Louisville Southern

68 Ohio Valley

25 Cumberland Valley .

40 Elizabethtown and Hodgen ville .

12

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Total These new roads will be spoken of in detail elsewhere in this report.

Mileage. The mileage of Railroads now in operation in the State is 2,098.286. There was an error in our last report of mileage. The mileage then was 1,987.806, and it was set down in our report 2,057.586. The following table shows all the roads in the State and their length:

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44

Ashland Coal and Iron .

22.06 22.06 22.06 Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans

41.62 41.62 41.62 Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific . 197.90 197.90 197.90 Chattaroi

47.90 47.90

47.90 Beaver Creek and Cumberland

6.25 Eastern Kentucky

34.15 34.15 34.15 Elizabethtown, Lexington and Big Sandy 109.14 109.14 109.14 Jefferson ville, Madison and Indianapolis 2.88 2.88 2.88 Kentucky Central

182.20 248.07 248.73 Louisville and Nashville

717.755 728.61 728.61 Mobile and Ohio .

41
41

41 Owensboro and Nashville

83.50 83.50 Ohio and Mississippi

.568 .568 ..568 Shelby.

18,60 18.60 18 60 Short Route

1.52 1.52 South-western

4.75 4.80 4.80 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern

1.341 1.341 1 341 Louisville, New Albany and Chicago

.062 .062 .062 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis

7.25 Cincinnati and South-eastern

17
17

17 Kentucky and South Atlantic

19.50 19.50 19.50 Elkton and Guthrie

11.50 Chesapeake, Ohio and South-western . 273.00 275.985 275.985 Versailles and Midway

7.24 Cincinnati and Green River

12 Breckinridge Coal Road Madisonville Branch

16.20 Kentucky Union.

13 Atherton Branch .

2.50
Mammoth ve ..
Indiana, Alabama and Texas

15
Ohio Valley
Chesapeake and Nashville
Kensee Coal Road
Mud River Coal Road

22.06 41.62 197.90 47.90

6.25 34.15 109.14

2.88 248.97 728.61 41 83.50

.568 18.60 1.52 4.80 1.341

.062 7.25 18.50 19.50 11 50 275.985

7.24 12

9 16,20 13 2.50 8.50 17 70.75 12 2 4.49

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Operation of Roads. Nearly every road in the State shows an increase of business for the past year over the year 1885. The gross earnings of twenty-three of the principal roads in the State amount to $10,937,177.95, while the operating expenses amount to $6,095,375.33; which leaves the net earnings for same roads $4,402,603.24. The following table shows in detail the workings of the roads :

TABLE No. II.
Statement Showing Earnings, Expenses, etc., of the Various Railroads in Kentucky for the Year 1886.

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The amount received per ton of freight per mile, on the roads in the State, varies from seven mills to ten cents. The following table shows the earnings in detail :

TABLE No. III.
Amount Received per Ton of Freight per Mile.

NAMES OF ROADS.

Cents.

Louisville and Nashville-Main Stem
Knoxville Branch
Bardstown Branch
Memphis Line.
Evansville, Henderson and Nashville
Cumberland and Ohio, Southern Division
Cumberland and Ohio, Northern Division
Cincinnati Division
Lexington Division
Narrow-gauge
Shelby Railroad
Glasgow Railroad
Owensboro and Nashville
Chesapeake, Ohio and South-western
Elizabethtown, Lexington and Big Sandy Railroad
Kentucky Central
Cincinnati Southern
Illinois Central ..
Railway Transfer
Mobile and Ohio Railroad .
Elkton and Guthrie

1.116

.942 4.107 1.196 1.111 5.320 3.777

.950 1.090 6.826 4.263 8.801 2.400 1.029

.728 1.991

.99 1.31 9.113 1.70 10.568

Cost of Roads. It is very difficult to ascertain the cost of roads in this State. There are only a few roads in the State that have not been sold at decretal sale. Roads sold at decretal sale were reorganized by the purchasers, and the cost of those roads is what they sold for, not what was orignally paid for their construction and equipment. There are six roads in the State that were never sold, and their cost, as shown in their annual reports, represents the price of the construction, equipment, terminal facilities, machine shops, offices, and other property acquired by the companies. The following table shows the cost per mile of the roads mentioned : Louisville and Nashville-Main Stem

$88,649 09 Knoxville Branch

38,990,06 Glasgow Road

19,047 06 Shelby Railroad

13,089 01 Elkton and Guthrie

6,666 66 Ohio Valley

9,000 00

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