N&W in 1909--Norton, odd man out

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
May 29, 1909

Virginia Corporation Commission Sustains Railroads in the Union Depot Fight

Virginia state corporation commission has sustained the demurrer of the Norfolk and Western and the Louisville and Nashville Railroads,dismissing the petition of the board of trade and citizens of Norton, Wise county, asking the commission to order these companies to allow the Interstate Railway Company to use their union station at Norton.
The town of Norton is the joint terminal point of the Clinch Valley division of the Norfolk and Western and the Cumberland division of the Louisville and Nashville, which have their union passenger and freight yards, to which have been admitted the Virginia and Kentucky Railway and Wise Terminal Company, on terms satisfactory to the parties to the arrangement.
Now the Interstate Railway Company is laying rails through the mountains to Norton, and people of Norton have petitioned the two companies owning the union station to harmonize the traffic arrangements of the community by permitting the new line to use their facilities at a remuneration to be fixed by the corporation commission.
The commission finds that while it has power under the law to compel a railroad to give full transfer facilities to another road, and that one road may even force a condemnation for right of way over another, it can not compel one road to allow another to use its private property.
[By 1915 the Interstate was using the union station according to the Official Guide for that year.]

Gordon Hamilton
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