N&W in 1910--Various

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
March 22, 1910

More Light at Depot
The Norfolk and Western is considering a plan for putting a little more juice in the electric lights in the depot. How it can be done without more drops is a job for their engineers, but some change will be made. Men from the general superintendent's office were looking over the situation last night and thought that if a little more light were thrown on the people who use the depot, things would be better.
New Turntable Nearly Finished
The Norfolk and Western force have nearly finished the new turntable in the yard. The new one is about twenty-five feet longer than the one which was displaced and is of the modern type. As soon as the cement work sets, which will be by Wednesday, it is expected that it will be used.
[According to the 1910 N&W Annual Report this new turntable was an 85-foot turntable. The X1 and Y1 Mallets were delivered in 1910, and Jeffries' book on the N&W lists the overall wheel base as 72' 10" and 83' 3", respectively, so the new turntable apparently was intended to accommodate these new locomotives. The Y2 Mallets delivered starting in 1918, however, had an overall wheel base of 97' 3", meaning that with regard to turntables, the plot thickened as the saying goes.]

Gordon Hamilton
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