Excerpt from Railroad Efficiency and Dismemberment: Testimony of Mr. J. Kruttschnitt, Chairman, Executive Committee, Southern Pacific Company, Before the Interstate Commerce Commission, November 22, 1922
Huntington, Stanford, Crocker and Hopkins, was placed in opera tion in 1869. It joined the Union Pacific at Ogden, thereby mak ing a continuous line from the Missouri River to the Pacific Coast, as contemplated by the Pacific Railroad Acts. In 1870, just a few months after the completion of the ogden-san Francisco Line, the four men who constructed that line purchased the line of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, which then had constructed 80 miles of railroad south from near San Francisco to Gilroy. From that time on extensions were made to the Central Pacific Railroad and to the Southern Pacific Railroad by the four men mentioned. In 1883 the line from California to New Orleans was completed and placed in operation. Branches were built and ex tensions made from time to time as deemed necessary, some in the name of the Central Pacific and others in the name of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, depending on which one could, at the time, the more easily finance the desired addition, but the management and control were common to both companies. Substantially all the directors of both companies consisted of men selected by Mr. Huntington and those associated with him in the control of the two properties. There was but one construction company and one superintendent of construction, whose forces worked interchangeably upon both properties and the equipment was moved back and forth as occasion required. The employees of both companies were paid through the same channel.
This went on until 1885, when the present Southern Pacific Company was organized by Mr. Huntington and his associates to take over, through leases for 99 years, all of the lines owned by the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroad Companies, and thence forth all have been operated by the present Southern Pacific Company.
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