N&W in 1910--Slide

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
September 23, 1910

Mail Car of No. 16 Caught and Had to Be Dug Out
Passenger train No. 16 was delayed over three hours last night by a slide at Lindsey* which caught the mail car as the train was pulling through a contractor's camp at a rate of speed less than four miles per hour. It appears that a blast had been set off a short time before the train was due and the dirt and muck was very loose, so much so that when the train went through a stone caught on the step of the mail car and the slight drag of the step against the stone pulled down hundreds of tons of dirt on to the track so that the train could neither more ahead nor backwards. About thirty workmen were put to work with shovels removing the debris so the train could pull out. When the mail car was shovelled out it was found that the cut was not wide enough for the dining car and Pullman to get by and additional digging had to be resorted to. Passengers got off the train and watched the unusual performance. No one was injured.
*Name was indistinct on the microfilm. The best interpretation is shown. Lindsey, WV, is on the Pocahontas Division between Wharncliffe and Devon.
Gordon Hamilton
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