N&W in 1909--New bridges

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
December 14, 1909

Railroad to Make Extensive Improvements Between Here and Pocahontas

The Daily News man learned yesterday that the Norfolk and Western is preparing to begin immediately some extensive improvements between Graham and Pocahontas, which will consist of the installation of a number of new iron trestles to take the place of present iron bridges that [Best interpretation shown.] are as strong and modern as generally used by other railroads of the country, but their removal to give way to the new is but in keeping with the policy of the Norfolk and Western Company to use only the best material and equipment obtainable. The new bridges were purchased of the American and the Virginia Bridge Companies and are as modern in their appointment and structure as have yet been manufactured. The iron bridges now in use were the best when put in a few years ago, but during their brief period new and tremendous types of the modern locomotives have found their way on the Norfolk and Western tracks and the new center girder bridge comes as a necessity in order that these giant engines do not bury themselves in the river beds. The work of installing these modern bridges will be under the supervision of a Graham man, J. R. ?? [microfilm too blurred to decipher last name], master carpenter of the Pocahontas division, who stands high with the official staff of the company.

Gordon Hamilton

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