San Antonio and Aransas Pass Report to
the Texas Railroad Commission for 1920

Every railroad operating within Texas had to have its offices within the state and had to send a detailed report to the Texas Railroad Commission every year. These were published in book form. Here are the highlights of the report submitted by the San Antonio and Aramsas Pass in 1920.
Assets & Liabilities

  • Valuation : $13,999,488 (This includes track, rolling stock, buildings and more.) The railroad was valued at $9,017,423 in April 1905. By 1920 there were only an additional 4.97 miles of track.

  • Liabilities : $31,928,240. (This includes bonds and other debts.)
Revenues & Expenses

  • Freight revenue : $4,152,153, up 40.59% from previous year
  • Passenger revenue : $1,430,271, up 20.09% from previous year

  • Total Income: $6,042,949, including mail & other, up 33.79% from previous year
  • Total Expenses: $6,183,820, up 13.98% from previous year.

  • The SA & AP was running at a loss
Total milage traveled on the SA & AP's 729.29 miles of track

  • Freight : 723,755
  • Passenger : 882,799
  • Mixed : 88,968
  • Special : 1,522
  • Switching : 370,016
  • Non-revenue : 24,463

  • Total : 2,091.523
Freight & Passenger Totals

  • 1,352,686 tons of freight were carried, at an average of $3.07 a ton.
  • 1,225,152 passengers were carried, at an average of $1.16 per passenger.
Freight Carried by Railroad in Tons

    Products of Agriculture

  • Wheat : 14,979
  • Corn : 35,350
  • Oats : 17,049
  • Other Grain : 6,680
  • Flour & Meal : 23,861
  • Other Mill Products : 15,728
  • Hay, straw & Alfalfa : 14,822
  • Tobacco : 1,413
  • Cotton : 93,001
  • Cotton Seeds & Products (not oil) : 96,712
  • Citrus Fruits : 439
  • Other fresh Fruits : 15,104
  • Potatoes : 7,319
  • Other fresh vegetables : 8,214
  • Dried fruits & vegetables : 1,024
  • Other products of agriculture 13,915

  • Total : 365,610

    Products of Animals

  • Horses & mules : 6,799
  • Cattle & calves : 63,295
  • Sheep & goats : 669
  • Hogs : 4,701
  • Fresh meats : 149
  • Other packing house products : 3,059
  • Poultry : 907
  • Eggs : 1,867
  • Butter & cheese : 110
  • Wool : 1,119
  • Hides & Leather : 1,579
  • Other products of animals : 3,493

  • Total : 87,747

    Products of Mines

  • Anthracite coal : 24,289
  • Bituminous coal : 24,406
  • Coke : 12,964
  • Iron ore : 85
  • Other ores & concentrates : 213
  • Clay, gravel sand & stone : 196,333
  • Crude petroleum : 95,507
  • Asphaltum : 769
  • Salt : 5,839
  • Other products of mines : 31

  • Total : 360,436

    Products of Forests

  • Logs, posts, poles & cord wood : 65,709
  • Ties : 3,897
  • Pulp wood : 31
  • Lumber, timber, box shooks, staves & headings : 72,670
  • Other products of forests : 539

  • Total : 142,846

    Manufactures & Miscellaneous

  • Refined petroleum and its products : 106,413
  • Vegetable oils : 6,651
  • Sugar, syrup, glucose and molasses : 9,019
  • Boats & vessel supplies : 38
  • Iron, pig & bloom : 14
  • Rails & fastenings : 1,079
  • Bar & sheet iron, structural iron and iron pipe : 9,363
  • Other metals, pig, bar & sheet : 746
  • Castings, machinery & boilers : 5,748
  • Cement : 12,122
  • Brick & artificial stone : 20,406
  • Lime & plaster : 1,714
  • Sewer pipe & drain tile : 21,321
  • Agricultural implements & vehicles(non-automobile) : 6,452
  • Automobiles & trucks : 7,367
  • Household goods & second hand furniture : 12,937
  • Furniture - new : 1,090
  • Beverages : 2,636
  • Ice : 16,267
  • Fertilizers (all kinds) : 148
  • Paper, printed matter & books : 141
  • Chemicals & explosives : 5,484
  • Textiles : 345
  • Canned goods (all canned food products) : 2,545
  • Other manufactures & miscellaneous : 59,147
  • Merchandise - all less than carload freight) : 86,854

  • Total : 396,047

    GRAND TOTAL : 1,352,686

    Employment

    Total number of employees : 2,419
    Total Payroll : $3,675,724

    Selected list of employee categories (from over 40)

  • Officers : 51
  • Clerks : 323
  • Station Masters & Assistants : 1
  • Station Agents : 43
  • Engineers(Train) : 48 (Freight - 32, Passenger - 16)
  • Conductors : 44 (Freight - 28, Passenger - 16)
  • Firemen : 51 (Freight - 35, Passenger - 16)
  • Brakemen & Flagmen : 100 (Freight - 72, Passenger - 28)

  • Railroad Equipment

  • Engines : 85
  • Box car : 1,643
  • Flat car : 57
  • Stock car : 339
  • Coal car : 64
  • Tank car : 92
  • Refrigerator car : 12
  • Cabooses : 37
  • Other freight : 70
  • Passenger coach : 52
  • Combination/Passenger : 10
  • Other combination : 6
  • Dining : NONE
  • Parlor : NONE
  • Baggage/Express : 23
  • Postal : NONE
  • Office/pay : 3
  • Ballast : 15
  • Derrick : 4
  • Steam shovels : 2
  • Wrecking : 2
  • Other : 151

  • TOTAL : 2,588

    Accidents

  • Passengers : None killed, 20 injured
  • Employees : None killed, 56 injured
  • Other : 7 killed, 16 injured - most at railroad grade crossings

  • TOTAL : 7 killed, 92 injured

 

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