N&W in 1910--Another train

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
March 13, 1910

Traveling Men Think Run of No. 9 Should be Extended

Some talk has arisen among traveling men who have occasion to visit the populous territory below Welch, and they seem to think it would be an excellent plan for the Norfolk and Western to run train No. 9, which now runs between this city and Gary, to Iaeger. In this way it would connect with the Tug Fork branch and would also give another connection with the Iaeger-Southern branch [Later the Dry Fork branch.] The towns between Welch and Iaeger, as well as the mines, furnish a great many travelers, and the Dry Fork branch is now becoming one of the heavy lines on the Norfolk and Western. If No. 9 ran between these two points, on its return it could carry a great deal of the business which train No. 16 has to pick up. It would also give the Welch people, who have daily visits to make to the Dry Fork, a chance to get home earlier. It would not affect the Tug Fork branch but would help the railroad to take passengers off two branches instead of one and in this way increase its traffic on the short trains.
Gordon Hamilton
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