Corporate Genealogy
West Jersey and Seashore

INTRODUCTORY

The railroad of the West Jersey and Seashore Railroad Company, hereinafter called the West Jersey and Seashore, is a partly double-track, steam and electric railroad located in the southern part of New Jersey. The more important main lines of the West Jersey and Seashore consist of a double-track, steam-operated line between Camden and Atlantic City; a double-track, electrically-operated line between the same points; and a double-track, electrically-operated line between Camden and Millville, with a steam-operated extension to Cape May. [...] In addition to its rail lines, the West Jersey and Seashore owns about 2.75 miles of water transfer between Longport and Ocean City, which are leased to and operated by Atlantic City & Shore Railroad Company, and owns and operates about 0.15 mile, between Maurice River and Bivalve. It also operates as agent the ferries of The Cooper's Point and Philadelphia Company and Kensington and New Jersey Ferry Company, separate tentative evaluations upon which will be made.

CORPORATE HISTORY

The corporations whose franchises and properties have gone to make up the present company, and the dates of the changes in those corporations, are shown in the following table:

No. Name Incorporation Succession
1 West Jersey and Seashore Railroad Company. May 4, 1896 in New Jersey.
2 Camden and Atlantic Railroad Company. Mar. 19, 1852, in New Jersey. Consolidated May 4, 1896, with 3, 5, 6, 19, and 20, to form 1.
3 The West Jersey and Atlantic Railroad Company. Nov. 5, 1879, in New Jersey. Consolidated May 4, 1896, with 2, 5, 6, 19, and 20, to form 1.
4 The Pleasantville and Ocean City Rail Road Company. June 9, 1880, in New Jersey. Acquired by 3 Dec. 8, 1892.
5 The Philadelphia, Marlton and Medford Railroad Company. Jan. 27, 1880, in New Jersey. Consolidated May 4, 1896, with 2, 3, 6, 19, and 20, to form 1.
6 West Jersey Railroad Company (first corporation). Feb. 5, 1853, in New Jersey. Consolidated Sept. 1, 1885 with 14 to form 7.
7 West Jersey Railroad Company (second corporation). Sept. 1, 1885, in New Jersey under consolidation agreement. Consolidated Dec. 31, 1887, with 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, and 17, to form 8.
8 West Jersey Railroad Company (third corporation). Dec. 31, 1887, in New Jersey under consolidation agreement. Consolidated May 4, 1896, with 2, 3, 5, 19, and 20, to form 1.
9 Salem Railroad Mar. 14, 1856, in New Jersey. Consolidated Dec. 31, 1887, with 10, 11, 15, 16, and 17, to form 8.
10 Swedesboro Railroad Company. Feb. 23, 1866, in New Jersey. Consolidated Dec. 31, 1887, with 9, 11, 15, 16, and 17, to form 8.
11 Woodstown and Swedesboro Railroad Company. Mar. 21, 1871, in New Jersey. Consolidated Dec. 31, 1887, with 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17, to form 8.
12 Millville and Glassboro Railroad Company. Mar. 9, 1859, in New Jersey. Consolidated Apr. 1, 1868, with 8.
13 The Cape May and Millville Railroad Company. Mar. 9, 1863, in New Jersey. Consolidated Sept. 25, 1879, with 8.
14 The Ocean City Railroad Company. Feb. 29, 1884, in New Jersey. Consolidated Sept. 1, 1885, with 7.
15 The Salem Branch Railroad Comapany. Dec. 3, 1886, in New Jersey. Consolidated Dec. 31, 1887, with 9, 10, 11, 16, and 17, to form 8.
16 West Jersey Terminal Railroad Company. June 17, 1887, in New Jersey. Consolidated Dec. 31, 1887, with 9, 10, 11, 15, and 17, to form 8.
17 The Maurice River Railroad Company. Dec. 31, 1887, in New Jersey. Consolidated Dec. 31, 1887, with 9, 10, 11, 15, and 16, to form 8.
18 The Anglesea Rail Road Company. Nov. 20, 1882, in New Jersey. Sold to 8 on July 16, 1888.
19 The Chelsea Branch Railroad Company. Jan. 7, 1889, in New Jersey. Consolidated May 4, 1896, with 2, 3, 5, 8, and 20, to form 1.
20 Alloway and Quinton Railroad Company. July 8, 1891, in New Jersey. Consolidated May 4, 1896, with 2, 3, 5, 8, and 19, to form 1.
21 Delaware Shore Railroad Company. Feb. 20, 1873, in New Jersey. Acquired by 22, on Aug. 9, 1879, through judicial sale.
22 The Delaware River Railroad Company. Oct. 3, 1879, in New Jersey. Acquired by 1 on Apr. 30, 1900.

From Predecessor Companies
West Jersey Railroad Company

Three successive New Jersey corporations named West Jersey Railroad Company are treated collectively in this report. Their successions did not involve recapitalization or other change of assets or liabilities, and their respective transactions are not separated in the records but are recorded as if they had pertained to a single and continuous corporation. The first of these corporations was incorporated February 5, 1853, by a special act of that date, and on September 1, 1885, was consolidated, with another corporation, to form the second of these corporations, which on December 31, 1887, was consolidated with six other corporations, to form the last of these corporations. These three successive corporations and the seven corporations referred to above, with which they were consolidated, are treated in this report, as they are treated in the records, as having been consolidated by the company. Besides the consolidations referred to above, the company merged two corporations and purchased one corporation, making altogether 10 corporations which it succeeded. These 10 corporations, the dates they were acquired, the miles of road acquired from each of them, all of which are located in New Jersey, appear from the following tabulation:

Mileage
Purchased: Anglesea Rail Road Company, July 16, 1888 7.10
Consolidated:
     Cape May and Millville Railroad Company, Sept. 25, 1889 41.58
Maurice River Rail Road Company, Dec. 31, 1887 9.71
Millville and Glassboro Railroad Company, Apr. 1, 1868 22.25
The Ocean City Railroad Company, Sept. 1, 1885 18.47
The Salem Branch Railroad Company, Dec. 31, 1887 1.00
Salem Railroad, Dec. 31< 1887 17.12
Swedesboro Railroad Company, Dec. 31, 1887 10.80
West Jersey Terminal Railroad Company, Dec. 31, 1887 (1) 1.67
Woodstown and Swedesboro Railroad Company, Dec. 31, 1887    11.24
Total 140.94
Note 1: Partly built, completed by the company in 1888. Back

DEVELOPMENT OF FIXED PHYSICAL PROPERTY

The road owned by the West Jersey and Seashore was acquired as follows:

               Road
mileage
Ferry
mileage
By consolidation from--
Alloway and Quinton Railroad Company, Alloway Junction to Quinton, constructed in 1891 4.22
Camden and Atlantic Railroad Company, constructed as follows--
Cooper's Point in Camden to Abescon Inlet near Atlantic City, 1852-1854 58.73
Abescon Inlet to Atlantic City, 1881 3.16
Atlantic City to Longport, 1884 5.67 67.56
Chelsea Branch Railroad, constructed at Atlantic City (ferry), 1884 2.75
Philadelphia, Marlton and Medford Railroad company, Haddenfield to to Medford, constructed 1880-1881 11.98
West Jersey and Atlantic Railroad Company--
Constructed by that company, Newfield to Atlantic City, 1879 to 1880 34.46
Merger of the Pleasantville and Ocean City Railroad Company, Pleasantville to Somer's Point, 1880 7.00
Extension, Pleasantville to Somer's Point, date unknown .14 41.60
West Jersey Railroad, acquired by that company from the Anglesea Rail Road by purchase, Anglesea Junction to Holly Beach, 1882-1883 7.10
The Cape May and Millville Railroad Company, Millville to Cape May, partly built by the Millville and Glassboro Railroad Company, completed by the Cape May and Millville, 1863 41.58
The Maurice River Rail Road Company, Manumuskin to Maurice River, constructed 1887 0.71
Millville and Glassboro Railroad Company, Millville to Glassboro, constructed 1859-60 22.25
The Ocean City Railroad Company, Ocean City to Sea Isle City, constructed in 1884 11.25
By purchase from the West Jersey Railroad and constructed by that company, 1881-1883--
Sea Isle City to Sea Isle City Junction 4.80
Sea Isle City to Townsends Inlet 2.42 7.22
The Salem Branch Railroad Company, at Salem, constructed 1886-1887 1.00
Salem Railroad, Salem to Elmer, constructed 18611-1863 17.12
Swedesboro Railroad Company, Swedesboro to Woodbury, constructed 1867-1869 10.80
West Jersey Terminal Railroad Company, at Bridgeton, partly constructed by that company, completed by the West Jersey Railroad, 1887 1.67
Woodstown and Swedesboro Railroad Company, Swedesboro to Middleton, constructed 1882-1883 11.24
Total acquired by construction 267.53 2.75
By construction:
Camden to Woodbury, 1857 8.24
Woodbury to Bridgeton, 1861 20.02
Maurice River to Port Norris (ferry), 1887 0.15
Townsend's Inlet to Avalon, 1889 4.06
Built by West Jersey and Seashore at different dates, 1906-1916 7.86
Addition due to remeasurements and reclassification 0.376 52.136
By purchase from The Delaware River Railroad Company, 1874-1878 19.99
Mileage inventoried as of date of valuation 339.656 2.90

TRAFFIC CONNECTIONS

The railroad of the West Jersey and Seashore connects with the line of Atlantic City Railroad Company at Camden, Cape May, and Glassboro; with Atlantic City & Ocean City Railroad Company at Somers Point and Ocean City; with The Central Railroad Company of New Jersey at Bridgeton; and with The Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Camden, Haddonfield, and Medford.

INVESTMENTS IN OTHER COMPANIES

On date of valuation the West Jersey and Seashore owned securities of other companies which are held for noncarrier purposes. A statement of the several investments, with their par value and book value, follows:

Par value Book value
Capital stock:
     Country club of Atlantic City 1,000.00 1.00
The Cooper's Point and Philadelphia Ferry Company 115,900.00 115.900.00
Haddonfield & Camden Turnpike Company 325.00 1.00
Hennebique Construction Company 1,120.17 1,120.17
Kensington and New Jersey Ferry Company    94,350.00    48,765.04
Total   212,695.17   165,787.21
Mortgage, Frank Ruffer    13,000.00    13,000.00
Advances, Manor Real Estate & Trust Company 271,389.38 271,389.38
Grand total 497,084.55 450,176.59

LEASED RAILWAY PROPERTY

The West Jersey and Seashore uses on date of valuation facilities owned by other companies, and other compnaies use facilities owned by the West Jersey and Seashore, to the extent indicated in the statement below. The description of the property, the period and terms of use, and the rental accrued and charged or credited to income for the year ending on date of valuation, are as follows:

Jointly used, but not owned, leased from-- Rentals
     The United New Jersey Railroad and Canal Company, (The Pennsylvania Railroad Company, lessee)--
     Camden (Tenth Street) and Pavonia, N. J., main tracks, 1.92 miles. Proportion of interest at 4 per cent per annum, maintenance and operation, including taxes and insurance, on basis of cars and locomotives (both passenger and freight) moved, including shifting movements $11,238.19
Camden terminal to Tenth and Carman Streets. Terminal facilities and 0.99 mile of track. Proportion of interestat 4 per cent per annum, maintenance and operation, including taxes and insurance. Passenger terminal basis; passenger locomotives and cars moved, excluding shifting movements; freight and transfer station basis; tonnage handled; engine-house, coaling, and water station basis; locomotives handled, excluding shifting locomotives; floating racks and bridge basis; freight cars handled. 136,713.82
Camden, N. J., interlocking plant. Interst at 4 per cent per annum, maintenance, operation, including taxes and insurance. Basis: functions used 21.13
Pennsylvania Railroad, lessee--
Philadelphia, Pa. Terminal facilities at Walnut Street Wharf. Proportion of interest at 4 per cent per annum, maintenance and operation, including taxes and insurance. Basis: Tonnage handled 13,129.02
Philadelphia and Camden Ferry Company--
Philadelphia, Pa. Power plant at Market Street Wharf. Radiation furnished and number of electric lights 307.49
Atlantic City Railroad Company--
Winslow Junction to Woodbine, N. J. Main tracks, 31.10 miles, and facilities. Full rental at 2 per cent per annum, proportion of maintenance and operation, including taxes and insurance. Basis: Car and locomotive mileage 33,281.04
Atlantic City & Shore Railroad Company--
Atlantic, N. J., power plant, New York, average rental at $70.81 per month for 7 months 495.67
Atlantic City & Ocean Railroad Company--
Trackage between Somers Point and Ocean City, N. J. This privilege covers use of 1.92 miles of tracks, but was not exercised during the year endind on date of valuation -----
Solely owned or controlled by the West Jersey and Seashore, but jointly used, used with--
Atlantic City & Seashore Railroad Company--
Trackage between Pleasantville and Somers Point, 10.97 miles; Atlantic City to Longport, 8.38 miles; Longport to Ocean City (ferry), 2.75 miles; at Atlantic City, 0.21 mile; Pleasantville to point north, 2.01 miles. Interest at 4 per cent on valuation; 50 per cent of taxes (Nov. 1, 1915, arrangement was entered into for 5 years for 4.5 per cent interest on usage basis) 18,522.41
Atlantic City Railroad Company, trackage through yard. Cape May, N. J. (from Electric Light Company to Cape May Railroad connection on Beach Avenue). Basis: $1 per car 1,331.85
Pennsylvania Railroad--
Milk station facilities, Cooper's Point, Camden, N. J. Interest at 4 per cent on valuation. Basis: Number of quarts handled 913.86
Camden, N. J. Use of tracks between Wright Avenue and Second Street,1.34 miles. Interest at 4 per cent on valuation. Basis: Cars and locomotives handled 948.28
Camden, N. J. Use of electric terminal tracks and other facilities (Delaware Avenue and Merkle Street), 0.84 mile. Interest at 4 per cent on valuation. Basis: Cars and locomotives handled 19,303.93
Philadelphia, Pa. Use of heat and light plant at Market Street Wharf; 50 per cent of rent paid by the West Jersey and Seashore to Philadelphia and Camden Ferry Company, output radiation, proportion of heat furnished railroad, and number of electric lights -----
Atlantic City & Ocean City Railroad Company--
Ocean City, N. J., use of 0.34 mile of track. This privilege covers the use of track and loop in Ocean City, and, as the Atlantic City & Ocean City Railroad Company has exclusive use of this portion of the track, the rental received is credited to income from lease of road. -----

Trackage rights are granted to the West Jersey and Seashore by other companies as follows:

Atlantic City and Ocean City Railroad Company, Somer's Point to Ocean City 1.92
Atlantic City Railroad Company, Winslow Junction to Woodbine Junction 31.10
The United New Jersey Railroad and Canal Company (Pennsylvania Railroad, lessee)--
     Camden Terminal to Tenth and Carman Streets .99
Tenth and Carman Streets, Camden, to Pavonia 1.92
Connection at Broadway, Camden   .17
Total 36.20

Trackage rights are granted by the West Jersey and Seashore to other carriers as follows:

Atlantic City and Ocean City Railroad Company (Atlantic City and Shore Railroad Company, lessee):
     At Ocean City 0.34
Atlantic City Shore Railroad Company: (1)
Pleasantville to Somer's Point 10.97
Atlantic City to Longport 8.38
Longport to Ocean City (ferry) 2.75
At Atlantic City .21
At Pleasantville to point north 2.01
Pennsylvania Railroad:
Camden Terminal to Mickle Street, Camden .84
Cooper's Point to Wright Avenue, Camden   1.34
Total 26.84


Note 1: Apparently "and" was omitted before "Shore". Back.


Original data source: Valuation Reports Vol. 22 pp 814-815, 819, 823-824, 834-837, 848
Interstate Commerce Commission
Washington, DC
January 1929

Although published in 1929, the report is "...as of date of valuation" which was 30 June, 1916


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