N&W in 1910--Retrenchment
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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
August 11, 1910
RETRENCHMENT POLICY ON THE CLINCH VALLEY
Norfolk and Western Reducing Expenses by Cutting Down Force at Number of Telegraph Offices
Following the retrenchment inaugurated some time ago the Norfolk and Western has issued notices stating that the following telegraph offices will be closed during the following hours:
Tazewell, closed between 5:30 and 10 p. m., and between 7 and 8:30 a.m.
Richlands, closed between 6 and 11 p.m., and 8 and 9 a.m.
Finney, closed between 6 and 8 p.m., and 5 and 8 a.m.
Coeburn, closed between 5 and 11 p. m.
All these offices are located on the Clinch Valley division and the order takes effect on the 10th of the month. Commencing the first of last month hours were shortened at Thacker, Lindsey and other points.
The bringing to the division of Mallet engines with their ability to carry larger loads has also reduced to a large extent operating expenses, and other expenses will feel a relief as the large engines do not use as much coal proportionately to the load they carry as did the smaller ones. Double track in many places has reduced the expenses, and the long waits in the Bluefield yard, at Bluestone and Flat Top, as well as many waits on the Elkhorn, have been done away with altogether.
It used to be that train crews could make a day while standing at a siding waiting for orders, but now it is a rare thing, except in a case of a wreck, where crews are allowed to make a wait of even an hour without someone getting a jacking up from the head offices.
These savings will be further increased when the double track on the lower end of the road is completed and the additional saving which is being made on other divisions as well as the Pocahontas will help to increase the net earnings of the road by decreasing expenses.
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