Proposed Railroad in 1908
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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
May 6, 1908
MONEY READY TO BEGIN WORK
Construction of Cairo to Norfolk Railroad to be Commenced July 15
NEGOTIATIONS FOR GRADING CONTRACTS
On Account of Abundance and Cheapness of Labor Company Expects to Build Road at Much Smaller Cost Per Mile than Virginian
PRESIDENT TO GO OVER THE ENTIRE ROUTE SOON
Roanoke, Va., May 5.--Operations will begin on the Cairo and Norfolk Railroad by July 15th, according to the present plans of President Goode, of that company, who writes that he will be in Roanoke at an early date and from here will go over the entire route. The company has immediately available a sum that will justify the beginning of operations, which the company is anxious to do at an earlier moment on account of the abundance and cheapness of labor. The company had estimated that it can build the road at a much cheaper price per mile than the cost of the Virginian Railway. Roanoke lumber contractors are figuring on supplying the lumber for the entire line, while it is reported negotiations are on for grading contracts.
A survey of the route has not been made, but the route has been planned from information supplied by engineers who are familiar with the entire route, and grading contracts will be begun on the tracks of the engineers.
[An April 21, 1908, Bluefield Daily Telegraph article posted here earlier stated that the railroad would be built both ways out of Roanoke west to Cairo, IL and east to Norfolk using "The only gap in the mountains which can be had by the road is that made where the Roanoke river passes through, and it is through this that the new road will come." I hope none of you invested in this railroad scheme!]
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