Corporate Genealogy
Freehold & Jamesburg Agricultural

INTRODUCTORY

The Freehold and Jamesburg is a corporation of the State of New Jersey, having its principal office at Camden, N.J. It is controlled by the Pennsylvania Railroad, as lessee of The United New Jersey Railroad and Canal Company through ownership of a majority of the capital stock. The records reviewed do not indicate that the Freehold & Jamesburg, itself, controls any carrier corporations.

The property of the Freehold & Jamesburg was operated from the date of acquisition to December 31, 1917, by the Pennsylvania Railroad, as agent, under an agency agreement dated July 16, 1879. On January 1, 1918, its common-carrier property, with that of the Pennsylvania Railroad, was taken over for operation by the United States Railroad Administration which operates it on date of valuation.

CORPORATE HISTORY

The Freehold & Jamesburg was incorporated May 21, 1879, under general laws, supplemented by a special act, of New Jersey through articles of consolidation dated April 24, 1879, filed May 21, 1879, for the purpose of acquiring the property, rights, and franchises of the Freehold and Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad Company, The Farmingdale and Squan Village Railroad Company, and the Squankum and Freehold Marl Company. The company was organized May 24, 1879. Pursuant to the above purpose the Freehold & Jamesburg acquired at its organization the property, rights, and franchises of the three railroad corporations named. The following chart shows the names of the corporations and the respective dates of incorporation and the dates and manner of succession.

No. Name Incorporation Succession
1 The Freehold and Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad Company Under general laws of New Jersey supplemented by a special law, May 21, 1879.
2 The Freehold and Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad Company Under special law of New Jersey, Mar. 12, 1851. Consolidated May 21, 1879, with 3 and 4, to form 1.
3 The Farmingdale and Squan Village Railroad Company Under special law of New Jersey, Apr. 3, 1867. Consolidated May 21, 1879, with 2 and 4 to form 1.
4 Squankum and Freehold Marl Company Under special law of New Jersey, Feb. 18, 1868. Consolidated May 21, 1879, with 2 and 3, to form 1.

TRAFFIC CONNECTIONS

The Freehold & Jamesburg has connections with the road of The United New Jersey Railroad and Canal Company (the Pennsylvania Railroad, lessee) at Jamesburg, N. J.; The Central Railroad of New Jersey at Farmingdale and Freehold, N. J.; and The New York and Long Branch Railroad Copmpany at Sea Girt, N. J.

DEVELOPMENT OF FIXED PHYSICAL PROPERTY

The owned mileage of the Freehold & Jamesburg, amounting to 27.323 miles, was acquired through the consolidation of May 21, 1879. The property constructed by each corporation and the years when the various portions of the line were constructed are indicated in the following table, wherein to facilitate comparison with the table showing the corporate succession, previously given, the same order of corporations is maintained.

Acquired in the consolidation of May 21, 1879:
      From the Freehold and Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad Company, constructed by that company--
      Jamesburg to Freehold, N.J., October, 1853 11.45
Jamesburg to Deans Pond, N.J. 5.50
Total 16.95
Less road sold to The United New Jersey Railroad and Canal Company, July 29, 1874, Jamesburg to Deans Pond, N.J. 5.50
Net of the above items 11.45
From the Farmingdale and Squan Village Railroad Company constructed by that company, Farmingdale to Squan Village (Sea Girt), N.J., July 1872 8.60
From the Squankum and Freehold Marl Company, constructed by that company, Freehold to Farmingdale, N.J., Dec. 28, 1868 7.65 27.70
Reduction by remeasurement 0.38
TOTAL 27.32
Difference between recorded mileage and mileage inventoried 0.003
Total inventoried as of date of valuation 27.323

LEASED RAILWAY PROPERTY

The entire property of The Freehold & Jamesburg is exclusively operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad, under an agreement of July 16, 1879, which was effective from June 1, 1879. The rent agreed on is a sum equal to the net revenue from railway operations resulting from the operation of the leased property. The agreement runs indefinitely and is terminable upon 30 days' notice from either party. On January 1, 1918, the common-carrier property of The Freehold & Jamesburg was taken over for operation with the other roads of the Pennsylvania Railroad system and no separate accounting was made therefor.


Original data source: Valuation Reports Vol. 23 pp 13-14, 24
Interstate Commerce Commission
Washington, DC
January 1929

Although published in 1929, the report is "...as of date of valuation" which was 30 June, 1918


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