N&W in 1911--Crowded

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
September 26, 1911

Considerable Dissatisfaction Over Passenger Service on Clinch Valley

There is considerable dissatisfaction among the traveling public over the Clinch Valley division of the Norfolk and Western over the inadequate car service.
Only one first class car is carried on the two daily trains and almost every day, and especially on Sundays, the car is so crowded that ladies are forced to stand. On No. 6 Sunday afternoon every seat was occupied from Honaker to Bluefield and the aisle was crowded with passengers standing, among whom were many ladies. Many of the passengers were heard to voice their sentiments in no uncertain terms over the very poor service the railroad is furnishing on a line of road where the travel has increased to such an extent that he facilities which have been in use for some time are now totally inadequate for the comfort of the passengers.
A combined effort will probably be made to request the railroad company to furnish some relief from these conditions by placing an extra car on at least one of the passenger trains on this division, and it is thought when the matter is brought to the attention of the officials they can be made to see the advantage pf such a move and render the desired relief without delay.
Gordon Hamilton
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