N&W in 1910--Dead dog

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
May 25, 1910

Dead Dog Stops Train
The passengers on train No. 11 on the Clinch Valley received a big scare on Monday afternoon near Cedar Bluff, when the air brakes were suddenly thrown on and the train came to a standstill. Passengers jumped from every car to see what was wrong and on investigation by the train crew it was found that a shepherd dog which had been run over had been thrown in such a way that an angle cock on the air hose was closed and this brought the train to the sudden stop.
[Closing an angle cock would not cause the brakes to go into emergency, but there are two other possibilities. The most likely is that the unfortunate dog could have been thrown up by the engine's pilot and its body could have opened the angle cock on the front of the engine, which would cause the brakes to go into emergency, or, less likely, the dog's body could have somehow hit and uncoupled the air hoses between the tender and the first car, or between two of the cars, likewise causing the brakes to go into emergency.]

Gordon Hamilton
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