Corporate Genealogy
Washington Southern

INTRODUCTORY

The Washington Southern is a corporation of Virginia, having its principal office at Richmond, Va. It is controlled by the Richmond-Washington Company, a holding company, through ownership of its entire capital stock. The Washington Southern controls, through ownership of a mortgage hereinafter described, the Potomac Railroad, whose common-carrier property it operates.

The Richmond-Washington Company is a New Jersey corporation which does not own or operate any common-carrier property. In addition to controlling the Washington Southern, it also owns a majority of the capital stock of the carrier [Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac]. The capital stock of the Richmond-Washington Company is held in equal parts by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, The Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road Company, the Seaboard Air Line Railway Company, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company, and the Southern Railway Company.

The property of the Washington Southern was operated form April 1, 1890, to October 31, 1891, by the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Company; from November 1, 1891, to October 31, 1901, by the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Company; from November 1, 1901, to date of valuation it has been operated by its own organization.

CORPORATE HISTORY

The Washington Southern was incorporated by an act of the Assembly of Virginia approved January 20, 1890, for the purpose of acquiring the property, rights, and franchises of The Alexandria & Fredericksburg Railway Company and The Alexandria & Washington Railway Company. Pursuant to the avowed purpose and effective April 1, 1890, the Washington Southern acquired the property, rights, and franchises of the two railroad corporations named. The Washington Southern, itself, and those corporations, together with one predecessor, total four different corporations and comprise the line of corporate succession culminating in the Washington Southern as at present constituted.

The following chart shows the names of the corporations, the respective dates of incorporation, and for each predecessor the date of succession, the immediately succeeding corporation, and the manner of succession. Reference to each of these corporations is made in the last column by its respective number shown in the first column.

No. Name Incorporation Succession
1 Washington Southern Railway Company. Act of the General Assembly of Virginia approved Jan. 20, 1890.
2 The Alexandria & Fredericksburg Railway Company. Act of General Assembly of Virginia approved Feb. 3, 1864. Consolidated Mar. 31, 1890, with 3 to form 1.
3 The Alexandria & Washington Railway Company. Organized Nov. 23, 1887, under the general laws of Virginia. Consolidated Mar. 31, 1890, with 2 to form 1.
4 The Alexandria & Washington Railroad Company. Act of General Assembly of Virginia approved Feb, 27, 1854. Sold under court order July 9, 1887, and reorganized Nov. 6, 1887, as 3.

DEVELOPMENT OF FIXED PHYSICAL PROPERTY

The owned mileage of the Washington Southern, amounting to 32.666 miles, was acquired by consolidation and by construction.

Of the three corporations that comprise the line of succession culminating in the Washington Southern as at present constituted, The Alexandria & Washington Railway Company did not construct any road. The property constructed by the remaining corporations, the years when the various portions of the line were constructed, and the manner in which the Washington Southern acquired the property are indicated in the following table:

Constructed by Washington Southern:
      South end of Long Bridge to Rosslyn, Va., 1892 to 1896 3.180
Relocated line, 1902 to 1908 21.000
Acquired by consolidation:
From the Alexandria & Fredericksburg Railway Company, Mar. 31, 1890--
      Constructed by that company, St. Asaph Junction (Alexandria) to Quantico, Va., 1872 28.640
From The Alexandria & Washington Railway Company, Mar. 31, 1890--
Constructed by The Alexandria & Washington Railroad Company, Duke Street, Alexandria, Va., to the south end of Long Bridge over the Potomac River, 1855 to 1857    4.960
Total 57.780
Less road sold and abandoned:
Sold to the Rosslyn Connecting Railroad Company in 1903--
From south end of the Long Bridge over the Potomac River to Rosslyn, Va. 3.18
Abandoned between 1902 and 1908 on account of relocating the line    21.00   24.180
Net total 33.600

LEASED RAILWAY PROPERTY

The Washington Southern uses on date of valuation facilities owned by other companies and other companies use facilities owned by the Washington Southern to the extent indicated in the statement below. The description of the property, the periods and terms of use and the rentals accrued and charged or credited to income for the year ending on date of valuation, are as follows:

Solely owned, but not used, used by Southern Railway Company:
      Tracks, 1.637 miles of Cameron Run tracks; term, until terminated by parties to the agreement; annual rental equal to 4 per cent on valuation of property plus taxes $1,406.81
Solely owned but jointly used, used with--
The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company--
The Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road Company--
Southern Railway Company--
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company--
      Freight classification yard, with 56.01 miles of yard tracks, including locomotive and car repair shops and other facilities; annual rental, 5 per cent on valuation, and taxes, maintenance, and operation costs, chargeable to users on basis of use 77,430.35
Southern Railway Company--
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company--
Tracks, 1.46 miles of double-track freight connections from south end of Potomac Yard to "AF" block station, in Alexandria, Va.; annual rental, 5 per cent on valuation, and taxes, maintenance, and operation costs, chargeable to users on an engine and car basis 4,752.52
Southern Railway Company--
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company--
Tracks, 5.82 miles of main-line passenger tracks (one northbound and one southbound) from "AF" block station, Alexandria, Va., to south end of Long Bridge over the Potomac River; annual rental, 4 per cent on valuation, and taxes, maintenance, and operation costs, chargeable to the users on a car-mileage basis. 16,253.57
Southern Railway Company--
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company--
Passenger station at Alexandria, Va.; annual rental, 4 per cent on valuation, taxes, maintenance, and operation costs, chargeable to the users on a basis of passenger-train stops 2,634.22
The Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company--
The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company--
Tracks, 0.47 mile of single track from the railroad of the Rosslyn Connecting Railroad Company to a point near the Long Bridge over the Potomac River; perpetual trackage rights sold to the Rosslyn Connecting Railroad Company (controlled by the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington) for the sum of $4,000.
Solely used but not owned, owned by the Potomac Railroad:
Entire property; term 28 years from May 17, 1877, or until terminated by either party on six months' notice; annual rental equal to the interest on the debt of the lessor ------
Jointly used but not owned, owned by--
The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company, 50 per cent, and
The Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road Company, 50 per cent, used by--
The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company--
The Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road Company--
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company--
Southern Railway Company--
Washington Southern--
      Eckington car and engine yard and 34 miles of yard track, with shops, tools, machinery, roundhouses, facilities, and appurtenances, in Washington, D.C.; rental, equal to one-third of 1 per cent monthly on valuation, taxes, maintenance, and operation costs, chargeable to users on basis of engine and car use, both passenger and freight 23,908.02
Rosslyn Connecting Railroad Company, used by--
Washington Southern--
The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company--
Tracks, 0.25 mile from junction of the interested railroads to the plant of the Columbia Cotton Oil and Provision Company, Alexandria County, Va.; annual rental, equal to 5 per cent on valuation, taxes, maintenance, and operation costs, chargeable to the users on an engine and car basis 120.75
The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company, used by--
Washington Southern--
Southern Railway Company--
Passenger station at Seventh and C Streets SW, Washington, D.C.; annual rental 50 per cent of 4 per cent on valuation, taxes, maintenance, and operation costs, chargeable to the users on a car and engine basis. 243.15
The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company, used by--
The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company--
The Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road Company--
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company--
Southern Railway Company--
Washington Southern--
Tracks, 2.05 miles from south end of Long Bridge over the Potomac River to the point of junction at Virginia Avenue and Second Street SW, Washington, D.C.; rental, equal to one-third of 1 per cent monthly on valuation, taxes, maintenance, and operation costs, chargeable to the users on an engine and car basis, both freight and passenger 10,851.56
The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company, used by--
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company--
Southern Railway Company--
Washington Southern--
Tracks, 0.30 mile, appurtenances and facilities between the point of junction at Virginia Avenue and Second Street SW. to a connection with the railroad of the Washington Terminal Company at New Jersey Avenue and D Street SE., Washington, D.C.; rental, equal to one-third of 1 per cent monthly on valuation, taxes, maintenance, and operation costs, chargeable to the users on passenger engine and car basis 15,170.39
Washington Terminal Company, used by--
The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company--
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company--
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company--
Southern Railway Company--
Washington Southern--
Tracks, 1.60 miles, together with passenger terminal appurtenances, equipment, furnishings, and facilities from the connection with the railroad of The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company at the southern portal of the tunnel at the west side of New Jersey Avenue and D Street SE. to the north side of Florida Avenue NE., Washington, D.C.; rental, equal to one-third of 1 per cent on valuation, taxes, maintenance, and operation costs, chargeable to the users on a passenger engine and car basis 95,896.25
Manor Real Estate and Trust Company, used by--
The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company--
The Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road Company--
Southern Railway Company--
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company--
Washington Southern--
7.70 acres of land, comprising part of Potomac Yard north of Alexandria, Va. ------


Original data source: Valuation Reports Vol. 31 pp 297-299, 310-313
Interstate Commerce Commission
Washington, DC
July 1930

Although published in 1930, the report is "...as of date of valuation" which was 30 June, 1916


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