N&W in 1911--Portsmouth

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
July 15, 1911

Portsmouth Hears That It Is to have $125,000 Station

It is stated in Norfolk and Western circles that the officials of the road have decided to build a magnificent passenger station in Portsmouth, says the Times of that city. Just how soon the work will begin is not known, but it is an established fact that the city is to get an elegant new depot within the next few month. This much is assured.
President L. E. Johnson, it is understood, has had the place and specifications ready for some time. He appreciates the fact that the city has not kept after the officials of the road and now their patience is to be rewarded by the erection of a $125,000 depot, which will easily be the finest along the entire Norfolk and Western system. This is no roundhouse yarn, but real facts as will be forcibly demonstrated in the near future. It is said the new structure will be built on the site of the present depot.
[Regardless of the reporter's conviction, N&W Annual Reports do not mention any new stations in Portsmouth until a handsome new station was built in 1931.]

Gordon Hamilton
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