N&W in 1911--Elks special

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
September 15, 1911

[The two articles below refer to a large convention of West Virginia BPOE (Elks) that was held in Bluefield. A previous article stated that more than 700 Elks rode a special train from Bluefield to Bedford City (location of the national Elks' Home).]

Visitors From Over the State Praise Norfolk and Western
Visitors from the Baltimore and Ohio and Chesapeake and Ohio regions of the state are high in their praise of the efficient train service given the visitors by the Norfolk and Western. On all sides there have been words of praise which complimented the road on the handling of the special train from Kenova to Bluefield and the train to Roanoke, the latter leaving this city on Wednesday ten minutes late, and arriving everywhere on time, in spite of the stops made and the large crowd handled. It is seldom that the Norfolk and Western has an opportunity to show visitors from over the state just what it can do. The service given the special trains is but a sample of what the road can do when it starts out. Some idea of the amount of business handled monthly by the Norfolk and western may be gained when it is stated that in addition to the passenger and through freight business the road hauled during August 1,942,724 tons of coal, not including coke shipments, the figures for which are not available.
This new record exceeds all previous marks by over a quarter of a million tons. It took about 3,500 cars to haul this vast amount of coal and then it must be remembered that these cars had to be all brought back so it can be easily seen that 100,000 freight cars were hauled over the road during the month, in addition to the passenger equipment.

Expected to Make One of Quickest Trips in History of Road

Promptly on time the special train carrying the Elks to their homes left the Norfolk and Western station this morning at 2 o'clock for one of the quickest runs ever made on the road, so that, if possible, connections at Kenova may be made with the Chesapeake and Ohio train which leaves for Charleston at 6:20 this morning. The train was run as second No. 3, the same as a directors' special, all trains getting in the clear twenty minutes ahead of the special's schedule.
Connection will be made with Ohio river trains so that the Elks can all be at home today, even the Elks who live in far away Wheeling being able to leave the southernmost city in the state and arriving in the northernmost the same day, by daylight, in time to attend any social engagements they may have in the panhandle.
Gordon Hamilton
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