N&W in 1910--New equipment

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
August 11, 1910

Norfolk and Western Fast Trains Must Come up to Pennsylvania Requirements
Roanoke Times: When the Hudson river tubes of the Pennsylvania are opened next month giving an all rail entrance into New York, a new order of things in construction of trains will have taken place. After the formal opening no trains will be allowed to enter the tubes unless they are constructed of steel throughout and are hauled by electrically propelled engines.
This will require new equipment for every train entering the metropolis. For months the Pennsylvania and the Pullman company have been preparing for the new order and they are ready to run solid trains of steel coaches, baggage cars and Pullmans.
The Norfolk and Western will enter New York through the tubes. For the present but two trains will be constructed to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania. They are the Memphis special [sic] and the Washington and Chattanooga vestibule, commonly known as "41" and "42." Over a year ago steel equipment was ordered for these trains and it is now ready and will be in use when the tubes are opened.
L. E. Johnson, president of the Norfolk and Western, is having a steel private car built for use when traveling to New York. It is to be one of the handsomest in the east, and a model for others. It is only a matter of time when all of the private cars of the Norfolk and Western officials will be so constructed, as the tubes after piercing Manhattan island will continue under the East River and on to Boston and New England cities.
Under the plans of the Pennsylvania the point of landing of the big ocean liners will be the end of Long Island, and from there passengers will be taken, without a change of cars, to any point, even so far as San Francisco.
[N&W MP Dept. Data Book No. I from the 1950's shows Class XO Business Car No. 100 built 1911 at a cost of $38,162.55 by Pullman. Could this have been the car mentioned above as being built for President L. E. Johnson (not President Lyndon Johnson--he came later!)?]
Gordon Hamilton
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