§31-2-1. Railroad companies to be common carriers; general
Every railroad company heretofore incorporated and organized
under the laws of this state, or under the laws of any other
state, and authorized or licensed to do business in this state,
and every such company which hereafter shall be incorporated and
organized under the provisions of article one of this chapter, or
authorized or licensed to transact business under said article,
is a common carrier, and is authorized to acquire, construct, and
own, maintain, operate and hold, railway lines, plants and
systems, and any and all other suitable facilities for, and to
engage in transporting persons and all commodities, objects and
things which are subjects of commerce or of transportation by any
and all means and methods, which are now used, or which may
hereafter be developed, for such purpose.
No such railroad company shall engage in any other business
in this state, except as hereinafter authorized.