N&W in 1910--Slide

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
May 27, 1910

More Than Twelve Hours Required to Clear Tracks After Slide

As a result of the heavy slide on the Norfolk and Western near Glen Alum, which was reported in yesterday's Daily Telegraph, train No. 4 did not arrive in this city until 2:45 in the afternoon. The track was cleared shortly after noon so that trains could get by, but the men at work had considerable trouble with dirt and stone still sliding in on them. The slide was one of the worst the division has seen in years, fully 3,000 cubic feet of muck and rock covering the track with more coming down all the time. It was more than twelve hours before trains could go through. The Tug Fork train came to this city as No. 2 and returned as an extra passenger train. All passenger trains going east and west except No. 16 last night were held up by the slide, which occurred on a single track where men have just started to work excavating for double track.
[Mother Earth does not like to be disturbed. Glen Alum, WV , is on the Pocahontas Division between Wharncliffe and Devon.]

Gordon Hamilton
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