N&W and Virginian in 1909--Jobs, etc.

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Fri Feb 20 23:45:53 EST 2009

It's really hard to believe all of the accidents that happened to railway
employees in the early 1900's. I know that the N&W went on to win awards for
safety, does anybody know when the N&W began to become more safety conscious
and what were the driving reasons? Thanks.

Mike Weeks

Charlotte NC

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
April 1, 1909



Yard Master at Princeton

Frank Shaffer, of this city, left yesterday for Princeton, where he
will be yardmaster for the Virginian Railway.


Get Jobs on Virginian

Harve McCoy and Ferd [sic] Melcher left yesterday for Princeton, where
they have secured positions with the Virginian Railway.


Both Legs Cut Off

Kyle Wheeler, brakeman on the Norfolk and Western work train which
operates between Roanoke and Radford, had both legs cut off at Walton
yesterday. He was taken to the Radford hospital. His condition is said to
be serious.


[I suspect that the Bluefielders who found employment with the Virginian
were N&W employees who saw greener grass on the other side of the fence for
whatever reason.]

Gordon Hamilton

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