N&W in 1911--Derailed

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
September 29, 1911

Engine Derailed

The Bluefield wreck cars were called to Flat Top yard yesterday afternoon to retrack one of the Norfolk and Western's big Mallet engines, No. 998, and Engine Driver Al Hock, the same engine and driver that turned turtle just west of the Graham tower last March*, in which case three wrecking outfits were required and nearly three days passed before the big engine was finally retracked. In yesterday's accident, only five pairs of drivers were off but Engineer Hock was the "Casey Jones" again.
*Occurred Oct. 17, 1910, according to an Oct. 18, 1910, BDT article.
[As a footnote to the Oct. 18, 1910, BDT article that I posted here Mar. 27, 2010, about Engineer Hock and the 998 that rolled over I wrote:
After he retired, Engineer Al Hock wrote a two-part story of his Pocahontas Division career that appeared in the March and April 1945 issues of Railroad Magazine. He quotes the above newspaper article in his mention of the accident. Also, my grandfather was likewise an engineer on the Pocahontas Division and contemporary with Mr. Hock, and the two families were friends. When I was very young I remember accompanying my mother to visit the Hocks one day, and Mr. Hock gave me a couple of Railroad Magazines from his accumulated collection. I wish I knew where those magazines are today."]

Gordon Hamilton
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