"Tap Line Case" Summary of Moscow, Camden & San Augustine Railway  
  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.  

MOSCOW, CAMDEN & SAN AUGUSTINE RAILWAY. The Moscow, Camden & San Augustine Railway Company was incorporated in 1898, and its capital stock, of which $50,000 has been issued, is owned by W. T. Carter & Brother, a copartnership, the members of which are the officers of the railroad company. The tap line extends from a connection with the Houston East & West Texas at Moscow, Tex., in an easterly direction for 7 miles to the mill of the lumber company at Camden. From that point there is an unincorporated logging track 12 miles in length running to the timber. The tap line has 1 locomotive, 1 passenger car, and 16 freight cars.

The lumber company hauls the logs to the mill. The tap line hauls the lumber from the mill to the trunk line at Moscow, a distance, as heretofore stated, of 7 miles, receiving a division out of the joint rates of from 1 to 4 cents per 100 pounds. The tap line also participates in joint rates with the trunk line on class freight and on grain, the divisions varying from 2 to 12 cents per 100 pounds. There are said to be 1,500 people living within a few miles of Camden who are not connected with the lumber company but use the facilities of the tap line. Camden is a sawmill town with a company store or commissary. The only independent mill served by the line is a shingle mill which ships three or four carloads a year. About 95 per cent of the traffic of the tap line is supplied by the proprietary company. The freight other than lumber handled by the tap line during the year 1910 amounted to 1,305 tons, but a substantial portion of this freight was consigned to the commissary of the lumber company. A train of four or five freight cars and a coach is run daily in each direction on which passengers are carried, the revenue from that traffic during the year 1910 amounting to less than $1,000. The tap line has no station buildings, but it is explained that passengers wait for the train in the company store at Camden. Apparently the only facility available for shippers is a loading platform for cotton at Camden.

In this case we are of the opinion that an allowance out of the rate of U cents per 100 pounds may lawfully be paid to the Moscow, Camden & San Augustine on the products of the mill of the proprietary company.

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