N&W 1909 - ACL

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This is very interesting additional information, particularly about the early Southern involvement. I believe that the Finley you mentioned succeeded Spencer as Southern president.

I am confident that the newspaper got the info off the wire as you speculated. After all, the newspaper name is the Bluefield Daily Telegraph!

Incidentally, my next BDT posting, whenever I can get to it, also involves the WSS.

Gordon Hamilton
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They must have gotten this off the 'Wire' because June 26, 1909 was the date of the 'Official Announcement'. The ACL contacted N&W President Johnson in March 1909 and asked him to buy out the Southern's half interest in the Southbound. Sam Spencer had entered into an agreement with Col. Fries, who had built the Roanoke & Southern, and the ACL in May 1906 to help build the WSS. After he was killed and because of the 1907 financial crisis, Mr. Finley was not willing to spend any money. Col. Fries had been given the go ahead the day before, June 25. The formal contracts with the N&W and ACL were signed on July 20, 1909. Construction contracts were let in August and the final spike was driven 15 months later on Nov 23, 1910.

Dick Kimball


Bluefield Daily Telegraph
June 26, 1909

Contract With Norfolk and Western Furnishes Short Route From Cincinnati to the South

It has become known from an official source that the Atlantic Coast Line railroad has entered into a contract with the Norfolk and Western railway to connect with the latter line at Roanoke and thereby establish a short route from Cincinnati, Chicago and the west to Charleston, S. C.
It is understood that the contract has been signed by both roads and that the Coast Line will soon award contracts for the construction of secondary road links.
At present the Coast Line owns a branch road from Wadesboro to Charleston, running through Cheraw. It is reported that this road as far as Florence from Wadesboro will be straightened out, the grades reduced and ninety-pound rails put down.
This road will be extended from Wadesboro to Winston-Salem. At Winston-Salem the road will connect with a road now controlled by the Norfolk and Western to Roanoke and at Roanoke the connection will be made with the Norfolk and Western.
It is reported that the Norfolk and Western has agreed to route port shipments over the road to Charleston. It is reported further that the road will haul coal from the Pocahontas fields.
[The road between Winston-Salem and Wadesboro became the Winston-Salem Southbound Railway, controlled jointly by the N&W and ACL.]

Gordon Hamilton"


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