N&W in 1907--Williamson shops

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
January 14, 1909

Will Cost $200,000 and Furnish Employment to Several Hundred Men When in Operation

A well authenticated report which reached here from Williamson relative to improvements to be made there by the Norfolk and western railway, is to the effect that the Millett Concrete Construction Company, a concern which did most of the concrete work on the Sandy Valley line [the Big Sandy line] of the Norfolk and Western four years ago, has secured from the company the contract for putting in concrete foundations for railway shops at Williamson which will cost $200,000 and employ several hundred men when in operation.
For two years rumors of this construction were general, and just prior to the panic of 1907 the plans for the Williamson shops were completed. This work, however, like many other contemplated expansions, was delayed awaiting the return of normal monetary conditions. The actual beginning of the foundations for the new shops and the extended scale upon which the work is planned, remove the last doubt as to the intentions of the company, and before the expiration of 1909, the big undertaking will have been completed.

Norfolk and Western Cramped for Space to Handle Pocahontas Coal Shipments at Columbus
Ohio State Journal: For some time the Norfolk and Western railway has been much cramped for yard room in Columbus and also has lacked space in which to handle coal shipments from the Pocahontas district. This coal trade in central and northern Ohio is increasing and there have been several rumors in regard to what steps the road will take to better its terminal facilities in Columbus.
It is now reported in railroad circles that the company is considering the establishment of new and additional yards in Columbus which will give it the facilities for handling its traffic in this city and also storage room for Pocahontas coal. The local officials of the company decline to discuss the rumor but it said to be well founded and that by spring the negotiations for the acquisition and construction of the new yards will be well under way.
Gordon Hamilton
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