N&W in 1910--Mail service

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As a postscript to the posting below I should have pointed out that the Pageton, WV, mentioned in the article as being on the Tug Fork branch of the N&W was named for William Nelson Page of Virginian Railway fame as stated in the following from Wikipedia:

Pageton was named for William Nelson Page (1854-1932) a civil engineer and industrialist who lived in Ansted, where he managed many iron, coal, and railroad enterprises. William Page was the first president of The Virginian Railway Company (now a part of Norfolk Southern).

William N. Page was a principal of the Page Coal and Coke Company, a coal and coking company with another operation in Page in Fayette County. He established the mining operation tipple and coking ovens at Pageton around 1907. The colliery in Page, West Virginia was the Loup Creek Colliery Company and was a completely separate entity.

Gordon Hamilton

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
April 7, 1910

Inaugurated on Tug Fork Branch of Norfolk and Western
The Norfolk and Western has inaugurated a new mail service on the Tug Fork branch. Two mails a day now go to Anawalt and this service is greatly appreciated. The people along the Anawalt section now want an opportunity to get the train to lay over at Pageton or Anawalt at night instead of at Gary as they figure in this way they will be able to go to Welch or some other point and return the same day. An effort will also be made to get a local freight service on the line. There are eighteen or twenty mines on the Tug Fork branch and the coal companies along the line feel that enough business goes to and from these operations to warrant a local freight. It is likely that a petition will be prepared asking for such an extension of the local freight service.
[If there were no local freight service on Tug Fork branch how did these eighteen or so mines get the material for the tipples and mine material such as rails, cars, etc? As far as that goes how did any mines get started before the railroad reached the mine location?]

Gordon Hamilton


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