Richmond and Danville Railroad.
The eighteenth annual report of this Company embraces the reports of the President
, Auditor and Superintendent, together with the proceedings of the meeting held on the 12th of September last.
The report of the President
, Mr. A. S. Buford
, gives a brief history of the past year and a statement of the financial condition of the road, its earnings and its liabilities.
The condition of the road way and rolling stock is also ably set forth.
He also states that it is under consideration to alter the gauge of the York River
road to the same gauge as that of the Richmond
, and to connect these two roads through the lower part of the city.
A corresponding change of gauge in the Piedmont
road is deemed of vital importance.
The Auditor's report is a tabular statement of the financial condition of the road.
The report of the Superintendent
, Mr. Thomas Dodamead
, shows that great energy and skill have been devoted to the repair of the road since it was turned over to the Company
by the United States
It was then in a very bad condition.
Repairs are still being pushed forward with great speed.
Contracts have been made to rebuild the Appomattox
, Staunton, Little Roanoke, and James River bridges.
The report shows the improvements made, and those proposed, in buildings, stations, workshops. &c.
, in conclusion, acknowledges the zeal and fidelity of Messrs.
W. M. S. Dunn
, master of road; John McFarland
, master of machinery, and J. L. Morrow
, assistant superintendent