Collins Park & Belt Railroad Co.
This company had been chartered on Aug.16, 1889, for $50,000 by James D. Collins, his nephew James R. Collins, S. H. Venable and H. L. Woodward ( also affiliated with the Atlanta, West End & McPherson Barracks), among others. However, nothing further was heard from this company until 1892.
On June 24, 1892, it absorbed the Atlanta & Chattahoochee River Railway Co. Officers were J.K.P. Carlton, president, Darwin G. Jones, vice president, and George M. Hope, secretary. When the company went into receivership is not known, but in 1894 J. Wood Darr, was listed as receiver and manager.
The power station was a stone structure west of Hollywood Road and just south of Proctor Creek. Coal was brought from a spur ( to the present line of Southern Railway) a distance of three quarters of a mile by use of a home built electric locomotive. There was no carbarn, so all cars were stored outside. Repairs to cars were made under shelter of a shed which had protection on one side only.
This company was reorganized in April 1896 with C. J. Simmons as president.
Collins Park & Belt Railroad Co. operated about nine miles of track. The line is constructed with 56 pound T rail, which was formerly employed on a stream line. This is spiked directly to sawn ties, placed to feet apart, making a very substantial roadbed. The rail joints are bonded and the bonds connected with a very large galvanized return wire.
The line suffering considerably from a collapse of the real estate boom, but is still in operation. It is at present in the hands of a receiver, J. W. Darr, who is superintendent and manager.
A portion of the route is through a woody, wild, romantic region, with many curves and grades, but which is rapidly building up with new homes. The cars leave the city terminal every half hour and run to the limits, six miles distant (Almond Park), but from this point out, trips are made only once an hour.
The rolling stock consists of four 16 foot closed cars, and seven eight seat open cars, all of which are of Brill manufacture. Two of the closed cars were recently purchased from the Atlanta Consolidated (ex-horsecars) and were electrically equipped by the superintendent. The cars are mounted on Dorner & Dutton trucks, and are all equipped with 20 horse power single reduction gearless Short motors. The motor equipment was formerly employed on a line at Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
The line docs a considerable freight business, including th hauling of wood, brick, sand, etc. A funeral car is also operated when occasion requires, as the line passes Hollywood Cemetery, a new burying ground located at some distance from the city. The number of employees is 21, and the pay of motormen and conductors is &1.50 for 13 hours of work.
Part II.--Corporations.
1888 Vol. 2 -- Page: 211
Sequential Number: 157
Law Number: No. 197.
Full Title: An Act to incorporate the Collins Park and Belt Railroad Company, and to define its rights, powers and privileges, and for other purposes.
SECTION I. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, That James D. Collins, H. L. Woodward, S. H. Venable, J. R. Collins, Charles E. Thompson, S. K. Ozburn, W. J. Collins and Thomas McClellan and their associates, successors and assigns be, and the same are, hereby incorporated and made a body politic and corporate under the name and style of the "Collins Park and Belt Railroad Company."
[Sidenote: Incorporators.]
[Sidenote: Corporate name.]
SEC. II. Be it further enacted, That before said company shall begin its work upon any of its lines of railroad in the city of Atlanta, it shall first obtain the assent of the corporate authorities of said city to the same; and before it shall begin its work on any of the public roads in the counties herein mentioned, it shall first obtain the assent of the authorities therein having charge of roads, respectively.
[Sidenote: Must procure consent of municipal and county authorities before commencing work.]
SEC. III. Be it further enacted, That said corporation shall have full power and authority to survey, lay out, construct and equip, use and enjoy lines or routes of street railroad in the city of Atlanta and in the county of Fulton as follows, to-wit: Lines and routes running to and from such points as it may desire on and over the following streets in Atlanta, to-wit: Orme, North Avenue, State, Luckie, Marietta, and along such other streets as it may desire, and have authority to build a belt road around the said city of Atlanta, in said county of Fulton.
[Sidenote: Route.]
SEC. IV. Be it further enacted, That said corporation shall also have power and authority from time to time to survey, lay out, construct, equip, use and enjoy such other routes or lines of railroad in the city of Atlanta, and in the counties of Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb and DeKalb, in addition to those especially named in this Act, and to extend any or all of those named, and build branches thereto whenever it deems its to its interest to do so; Provided, That before said corporation commences to construct any part of such line or lines, or routes, it shall obtain, if such construction is to be within the corporate limits of the city of Atlanta, the consent of the proper authorities of said city. Whenever said
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contemplated railroad shall desire to pass over the lands of another and said railroad company and the owner of said land fail to agree as to compensation for such right-of-way over such lands, said owner shall have the right to select one arbitrator and the said company shall have the right to select an arbitrator, and a third arbitrator shall be chosen as umpire, whose proceedings and powers shall be the same as allowed and authorized by the Code of 1882, in other cases submitted to arbitration.
[Sidenote: General powers.]
[Sidenote: Proviso.]
[Sidenote: Disputed right-of-way.]
[Sidenote: Arbitrators.]
SEC. V. Be it further enacted, That this corporation is hereby granted all the rights, powers, franchises and privileges heretofore granted to the Metropolitan Street Railroad Company in sections two (2), five (5), six (6), eight (8) and nine (9) of an Act entitled "An Act to incorporate the Metropolitan Street Railroad Company, and to define its rights, powers and privileges, and for other purposes," approved December 12, 1882, and said sections two, five, six, eight and nine are hereby made a part of the charter of the Collins Park and Belt Railroad Company.
[Sidenote: Additional powers granted.]
SEC. VI. Be it further enacted, That the capital stock of said corporation shall be fifty thousand dollars, divided into shares of one hundred dollars each. Said capital stock may be increased, from time to time, to any sum not exceeding three million dollars; Provided, said increase be authorized in each instance by a direct vote of a majority of all the stock of the company, at an annual meeting or at a meeting called for that purpose. But said corporation may organize and commence business whenever the sum of seven thousand dollars is subscribed, and this charter to remain of force for and during the period of thirty years.
[Sidenote: Capital stock.]
[Sidenote: Proviso as to increasing capital stock.]
SEC. VII. Be it further enacted, That the said corporation shall have the right to use, in the running of its trains, animal, steam, electric and all other mechanical powers now known or hereafter discovered.
[Sidenote: Motive power.]
SEC. VIII. Be it further enacted, That the incorporators herein named shall constitute a Board of Directors, who shall hold their office until their successors are elected and qualified.
[Sidenote: Provisional Board of Directors.]
SEC. IX. Be it further enacted, That the rights, powers and privileges herein granted shall cease and be of no effect unless three miles of the road is built and in running order within three years from the granting of this charter, and this charter shall not be transferred until at least five miles of said road is completed and ready for rolling stock.
[Sidenote: Forfeiture.]
SEC. X. Be it further enacted, That all laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act be, and the same are hereby repealed.
Approval Date: Approved August 16, 1889.