N&W in 1903 -- Dingess Wreck

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Wed Jan 30 16:05:00 EST 2008

A freight wreck near Dingess delayed traffic several hours yesterday. An engine and three cars were derailed and almost totally demolished. Arrangements had been made to transfer passengers, mail and express from Nos. 4 and 11 when Trainmaster Johnson arrived on the scene. He ordered the wreck blown up with dynamite. This was done and the track was cleared within thirty minutes.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph
September 20, 1903

[The use of a charge of dynamite indicates that Trainmaster Johnson was a real take charge type guy.]

Gordon Hamilton
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