"Tap Line Case" Summary of Angelina & Neches River Railroad  
  Abstracted from "Tap Line Case", published in Decisions of the Interstate Commerce Commission, 23 I.C.C. 277, 23 I.C.C. 549, and in Decisions of the United States Supreme Court, 234 U.S. 1.  

ANGELINA & NECHES RIVER RAILROAD. The Angelina & Neches River Railroad was originally built by the Angelina County Lumber Company as an unincorporated logging road, extending from a connection with the Cotton Belt at Keltys, Tex., into the timber. It was incorporated in August, 1900, and capital stock amounting to $55,000 was distributed among the stockholders of the lumber company. The two companies have the same officers. The mill is at the junction with the Cotton Belt. The track of the tap line as described of record now extends to Prosser, where it connects with the Houston East & West Texas Railroad and thence easterly to Naclina, making about 20 miles in all. The tap line has one locomotive, a passenger car, and three box cars. It formerly owned logging cars and three additional locomotives, which were transferred to the lumber company to escape the operation of the state safety appliance acts. The lumber company also has about 15 miles of unincorporated track running from the terminus of the incorporated line at Naclina into the timber.

The traffic consists almost entirely of the lumber of the Angelina County Lumber Company; there are no other sawmills served by the line. A passenger service was inaugurated in November, 1910, but the traffic is light. The lumber company hauls the logs from the point where they are loaded to the mill, paying the tap line for the privilege of operating its trains over the incorporated track, a charge of 50 cents per thousand feet, log scale, which is equivalent to about 11 cents per 100 pounds on the weight of the logs. Shipments of rough lumber are switched by the tap line from the sawmill to the Cotton Belt tracks, a distance of a few hundred feet, but the Cotton Belt itself moves shipments of dressed lumber directly from the planing mill. Traffic delivered to the Houston East & West Texas is moved by the tap line for a distance of 3 miles from the mill to Prosser. The tap line receives a division of from 1 to 4 cents per 100 pounds from the Houston East & West Texas, and from 2 to 4 cents per 100 pounds from the Cotton Belt.

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