1907 - A Persistent Rumor

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Thu Oct 18 23:12:47 EDT 2007

Roanoke Times - October 18, 1907


That the Southern Will Run Fast Train Through Roanoke

Some days ago The Times published an interview with one of the
Norfolk and Western officials, in which the rumor that the Southern
would run its limited Washington and New Orleans fast trains over the
Norfolk and Western lines from Lynchburg to Bristol, was flatly denied.
However, if brent of rumor has power of prophecy, those trains
will shortly be flying through Southwest Virginia. The following is
taken from one of the Southwest papers:
"Reports have been published in the South to the effect that the
Southern railway will shortly change the route of its fast limited
trains from Washington to New Orleans by leaving the main line at
Lynchburg and crossing the mountains from that point to Chattanooga
by way of Bristol. Thus far there had been no definite statement from
the company to justify these rumors. Several newspapers have
attributed the change to the laws recently enacted in North Carolina,
Georgia and Alabama. South of Washington and the best line extends
direct to Atlanta, and over this the largest volume of traffic is
handled. The running time from Washington to Atlanta via Bristol and
Chattanooga is so much greater than by way of Charlotte that the
reported change would be out the question. In these days, however,
railroad rumors come thick and fast, and they seldom amount to more
than idle talk."


- Ron Davis, Roger Link

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