San Antonio Southern's 1920 Report
to the Texas Railroad Commission

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 Southern Railroad for 1920.
Assets & Liabilities

  • Valuation : $708,487 (This includes track, rolling stock, buildings and more.) The railroad, then called the Artesian Belt, was valued at $554,572 in March 1914. By 1920 the track was 3.52 miles shorter because the link between Macdona and Kirk was abandoned.

  • Liabilities : $308,547 (This includes bonds and other debts.) The S.A.S. was created in 1920, after the Artesian Belt went into receivership a second time.
Revenues & Expenses

  • Freight revenue : $182,725 - up 73.95% from previous year
  • Passenger revenue : $10,703 - up 9.38% from previous year

  • Total Revenue : $200,661 - including mail & other, up 65.46% from previous year
  • Total Expenses : $143,460 - up 41.31% from previous year.

  • The S.A.S. was running at a profit
Total Milage Traveled on the S.A.S's 38.72 Miles of Track

  • Mixed : 39,500
  • Freight: 1,695
  • Passenger: None. All S.A.S. passenger activity was mixed consist
  • Special : None
  • Switching : 4,078
  • Non-revenue : 373

  • Total : 45,646
Freight & Passenger Totals

  • 13,512 passengers were carried, at an average of $0.79 per passenger
  • 148,525 tons of freight were carried, at an average of $1.23 a ton

Freight Carried by Railroad in Tons

    Products of Agriculture

  • Corn : 2,659
  • Oats : 67
  • Flour & Meal : 209
  • Other Mill Products : 218
  • Hay, straw & Alfalfa : 113
  • Cotton : 845
  • Cotton Seeds & Products (not oil) : 565
  • Potatoes : 35
  • Other fresh vegetables : 1,078

  • Total : 5,789

    Products of Animals

  • Horses & mules : 117
  • Cattle & calves : 8,048
  • Sheep & goats : 22
  • Hogs : 28

  • Total : 8,215

    Products of Mines

  • Clay, gravel sand & stone : 58,899
  • Crude petroleum : 24,931
  • Salt : 41

  • Total : 110,3925

    Products of Forests

  • Logs, posts, poles & cord wood : 2,136
  • Ties : 508
  • Lumber, timber, box shooks, staves & headings : 4,386
  • Other products of forests : 20

  • Total : 7,050

    Manufactures & Miscellaneous

  • Refined petroleum and its products : 9,237
  • Bar & sheet iron, structural iron and iron pipe : 3,194
  • Castings, machinery & boilers : 642
  • Cement : 379
  • Brick & artificial stone : 215
  • Lime & plaster : 27
  • Agricultural implements & vehicles(non-automobile) : 35
  • Automobiles & trucks : 58
  • Household goods & second hand furniture : 492
  • Ice : 146
  • Fertilizers (all kinds) : 172 Other manufactures & miscellaneous : 150
  • Merchandise - all less than carload freight) : 2,332

  • Total : 17,079

    GRAND TOTAL : 250,333
Employment

Total number of employees : 56
Total Payroll : $70,331

Selected employee categories (from over 40)

  • Officers : 9
  • Clerks : 3
  • Station Masters & Assistants : NONE
  • Station Agents : 3
  • Engineers(Train) : 1 (Freight)
  • Conductors : 1 (Freight)
  • Firemen : 1 (Freight)
  • Brakemen & Flagmen : 2 (Freight)

Railroad Equipment

  • Engines : 3
  • Other freight : 2
  • Passenger coach : 3

  • TOTAL : 8

The S.A.S. used Missouri Pacific freight cars for most of its revenue service.
Accidents

  • Passengers : None killed, NONE injured
  • Employees : None killed, 1 injured
  • Other : None killed, NONE injured.


  • TOTAL : None killed, 1 injured

No accidents involving pedestrians or motorists at grade crossings were reported

 

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