N&W and VGN in 1911--Second engine test
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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
March 30, 1911
IN CITY AND COALFIELD
Second Engine Test
With 798 tons each the Mikado type of engine used on the Virginian Railway and the class M2 engine used on the Norfolk and Western were given a second tryout in their comparative hauling test yesterday. The figures of the test are not available, but the railroad men state that the Norfolk and Western engine made the better showing. Many of the railroad men like the Mikado type of engine, but the Norfolk and Western purchases engines now on the "Brandeis" system of economy, which is to get the greatest amount of service out of the least amount of effort. Under such a plan the class M2 engine seems to stand the test better than the Mikado type which is a much touted engine and used largely in the west.
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