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OF THE

RAILROAD AND WAREHOUSE COMMISSION

OF

MINNESOTA

TO THE GOVERNOR

FOR THE YEAR ENDING NOVEMBER 30, 1903.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN:
The Great Western Printing Co.

1903

STATE OF MINNESOTA.

OFFICE OF THE RAILROAD AND WAREHOUSE COMMIS

SION.

St. Paul, Dec. 30, 1903. To His Excellency Samuel R. Van Sant, Governor of Minnesota,

Sir: Pursuant to the requirements of Section 18 of Chapter 10, of the General Laws of Minnesota, 1887, the Railroad and Warehouse Commission has the honor herewith to submit a report of the doings of the Commission for the year ending Nov. 30, 1903, this being the

nineteenth annual report of the Commission as now organized, with ... such facts, statements and explanations as will disclose the actual work...ings of the system of railroad transportation in its bearings upon the ... Business and prosperity of the people of the state, with such sugges* tions in relation thereto as seem appropriate to the Commission. Very respectfully, your obedient servants,

IRA B. MILLS,
J. G. MILLER,
C. F. STAPLES,

Commissioners. .:C: CLAUSEN,

Secretary,

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St: Paul, Dec. 30, 1903.

SECTION I.

Summary and Comparison of Returns of all

Railroads doing business in this State. Work of the Commission and Recommenda

tions for Legislation. Formal and Informal Complaints. Statistical Tables taken from Railroad Re

ports. Grain Inspection, State Weighmasters' and

Registrars' Reports.

H.6456

NINETEENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE RAILROAD AND WAREHOUSE COMMISSION

OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA

FOR THE YEAR ENDING NOVEMBER 30, 1903.

RAILROAD MILEAGE IN MINNESOTA.

The total number of miles of main line of railroads operating in Minnesota (not including local transfer lines, union depot tracks and private logging roads), on June 30, 1903, was 7,250.01, and on June 30, 1902, as shown in our report for that year, was 7,165.93, which will show an increase for the year of 1903 of 84.08 miles.

An error was discovered in the mileage table of our 1902 report, the result of a duplication in reporting mileage of the Winona & Western Railway. This company reported 97.25 miles, and this was also included in the report of the Wisconsin, Minnesota & Pacific Railway, by whom the former company's property was acquired in September, 1901. The total mileage for the year 1902, therefore, should have read 7,068.68, instead of 7,165.93, or 97.25 miles less, which will have the effect of showing the increase for the year 1903, 181.33 miles, instead of 84.08.

The mileage of transfer and terminal railways for the year 1903 is 86.94, which is the same mileage as that reported for the year 1902.

The increase is principally in the mileage of the Canadian Northern, Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific, Minnesota & International, Wisconsin, Minnesota & Pacific, and the Duluth & Northern Minnesota railways.

. The Canadian Northern shows 44 miles, this being the first year of their report to this Commission. The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul has extended its line from Farmington to Le Sueur Center, a distance of about 35 miles. The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific has also extended its line from Comus to St. Paul, a distance of about 52 miles. The Minnesota & International has extended its line north from Black

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