SF Call via SCS 1885 Dec 24 4:2 Fair buys Flood
Senator Fair's Purchase is Said to tor the Atlantic and Pacific. Be Senator Fair said, yesterday, when asked about the purchase of Mr. Flood's interest in the South Pacific Coast Railroad, and what his future plans were: "Yes; I have bought out Mr. Flood's interest in the South Pacific Pacific Coast Railroad. Further than this, regarding what my future plans and intentions are, I will not now say. The purchase of the street railroads in Oakland had nothing whatever to do with any of my plans regarding the South Pacific Coast Railroad. These roads will be built and conducted independently." independently." Notwithstanding this assertion, a gentleman of this city who is usually well posted in regard to railroad matters, matters, to whom the above statement was read, said: "The purchase of the South Pacific Coast road by James G. Fair is tho second move in the plan to effect an entrance into this city, via Oakland, by the Atlantic add Pacific road. The first move was the purchase of the Oakland street railways. "Their general general plan of operations," the gentleman gentleman continued, "contemplated a branch leaving the Mojave branch at some point not far from Daggott, through Walker's Pass, down the Kern River Canyon, to a point near Bakersfield. Walker's Pass is much lower than Tehachipi, and does not present nearly as many engineering difficulties as were met in constructing the road through the lutter. The entire entire length of the pass will be below snow line, and no expensive snow-sheds snow-sheds snow-sheds will have to be constructed and maintained. The Kern River Canyon has quite a quantity of, cultivatable land, and would be a oaying section of the road. "From the new town wiych would be established at the point near Bakersfield Bakersfield two routes are under consid eration. One will parallel the Southern Southern Pacific to Visalia, on the eastern side, and from thence strike northwest, northwest, across Fresno County, to White's Bridge, over Fish Slough. The other would parallel it on the west side, going going to Hanford and Grangeville in the Mnssel Slough country, thence north westerly to White's Bridge. The line will run on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley to a place opposite the mouth of Facheco Pass. Here, again, two routes are offered. One which was surveyed by tlie Soutu pa cific Coast people two years ago, will run through Pacheco Pass to old Gil-roy, Gil-roy, Gil-roy, where it will connect with the present ferry landing on Oakland Creek. "The other route, which was sur veyed by the Atlantic and Pacific Company, continues up the west side of the valley to Orestimba Creek, and from there over the mountains by way of Corral Hollow Pass, connecting with the California and Nevada Railroad. Railroad. It is for this route that the Oakland street railways will be useful. Senator Fair, who is said to be the agent on thin coast for the Atlantic and Pacific road, is trying to get per mission to run steam cars on the ban Pablo avenue line; then the building of two blocks In length of road will give a connection at the terminus of the Webster-street Webster-street Webster-street line, and so afford access to the terminal facilities of the present road. ' "The Atlantic and Pacific are bound to get into this city, and will do it in spite of all opposition. Perhaps in a fow days I can giv you some further information in the matter." Call, Dee. 23c.