N&W in 1910--Big engine

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
May 29, 1910

Big Passenger Engine
When passenger train No. 1 pulled into the station yesterday afternoon the people gathered there noticed that it was drawn by a large locomotive of the Pacific type. The engine is one of those which are used on trains 25, 26, 41 and 42 and is a type of passenger engine such as is used on many fast passenger trains on some of the big roads in the country.
[Train No. 1 was a Lynchburg to Welch local, and trains 25, 26, 41 and 42 were Southern Railway trains handled by the N&W between Lynchburg and Bristol. The N&W had 20 Class E and E1 4-6-2 Pacific's delivered 1905-1907, so these must have been the regular engines on passenger trains through Bluefield prior to this newspaper article. The "big" Pacific mentioned in the article must have been one of the larger E2 Pacific's delivered in February and March 1910 according to Jeffries' book on N&W steam.]

Gordon Hamilton
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