N&W in 1911--Interstate RR at Norton

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
November 26, 1911

Railroad Anxious to Enter Union Station at Norton--To Go Up Guest River
J. F. Bullitt, of Big Stone Gap, passed through the city yesterday on the way home from Richmond, where he went to appear before the corporation commission in an endeavor to secure the sanction of that body for the plan adopted by the Interstate Railroad company, which proposed condemning some of the land in Norton owned by the Norfolk and Western and the Louisville & Nashville, which roads are now restraining the Interstate Railroad from entering the union depot at Norton, thereby greatly adding to the convenience [sic] of people who patronize the line. In addition to this the Interstate wants to get to the station for the strategical position which would be gained, whereby the road could extend up Guest river along the Wise terminal line and thereby reach a number of coal properties on that road. Mr. Bullitt is quite certain the corporation commission will permit the company to carry out his plans. At the present time the Interstate enters Norton, but its station is located about a half mile from the Union station, which is a great inconvenience to the road in many ways.
[The Interstate eventually did get access to Union station and was able to extend its lines east of Norton.]

Gordon Hamilton
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