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ORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT,

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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 miles of road have been constructed and operated in the State, as follows:

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

Miles. . 140

40

17

23

Covington, Maysville and Big Sandy
Clarksville and Princeton .
Bardstown and Springfield
(Chesapeake and Nashville) Scottsville to Glasgow
Louisville Southern
Ohio Valley
Cumberland Valley
Elizabethtown and Hodgenville

68 25 40 12

365

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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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 Jeffersonville, 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

44 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 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis

7.25 Cincinnati and South-eastern

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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 Cave ..
Indiana, Alabama and Texas

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

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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 work. ings of the roads :

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

Net Earnings.

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NAMES OF ROADS.

Miles in
Kentucky.

Gross Earn

ings.

Expenses.

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

139.69 $2,069,655 06
170.8 817,204 55
17.3 22,159 16
46

191,185 66
98.09 812,557 01
30.5 43,428 03
26.72 *21,986 28
110,10 1,066,138 89
67

406, 224 37
11

12,649 32
4.13 183,050 54
19.10 52,546 72
10.50 21,809 52
84

169,376 93
270 1,064,574 90
109.14 734,627 96
248 73 847,071 00
197.9 1,697,564 43
41.62 286, 301 48
41 1, 152, 666 94

$931,623 82 $1,138,032 24
· 489,721 17 327,483 38

13,731 17 8,427 99
119,587 58 71,598 08
424,091 13 388,465 88
29,415 93 13,972 10
34,772 62 *12,786 34
805,021 04 261,117 85
218,456 58 187,767 79
12,311 76

337 56
58,529 56 124,520 98
29,214 36 23,332 36
13,542 45 8,267 07
133,698 43 35,678 50
726, 747 50 337,827 40
452,241 96 282, 386 00

537,450 00 309,621 00
1,033,014 25 664,550 18

174,025 70 112,275 78 113,242 77 39,424 17

** Loss.

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.

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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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