N&W in 1910--Long train

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
September 2, 1910

Long Train Breaks in Two
A hundred car train broke in two yesterday morning in the Hatfield tunnel, near Matewan, and train No. 2 was delayed for about two hours until the cars could be pulled out of the tunnel and chained together so that the train could proceed. None of the cars left the track and no one was injured.
[I knew from a 1915 Official Guide that No. 2 originated in Welch, meaning that it would not have passed through Hatfield tunnel, but reference to TT No. 18 (combined divisions), Eff. May 15, 1910, in the N&WHS Archives, showed that No. 2 originated in Williamson in that time period and would have passed through Hatfield tunnel.]

Gordon Hamilton
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