N&W in 1912--Cars handled

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Thu Dec 15 20:22:50 EST 2011

While the concept of th ocean frozen is hard to accept, there are many
newspaper articles that come up for the phrase
"1912 hampton roads frozen". I'm not a subscriber so I couldn't read
them but my guess is that the estuary was frozen.

Tom Cosgrove

On 12/10/2011 8:55 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:

> Bluefield Daily Telegraph

> March 2, 1912


> ------

> *Nearly Fifty Thousand Cars Handled by Norfolk and Western During

> Short Month of February*

> February, 1912, will go down in the history of the Norfolk and

> Western as the biggest month in the annuls of the road. During the

> twenty-nine days a daily average of 1,666 cars were handled by the

> Pocahontas division at Bluefield and Williamson. This does not

> include the cars delivered to the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio, nor

> the Louisville and Nashville, or other roads in southwest Virginia.

> By actual count 48,314 cars were handled by this division during

> the month, in spite of car shortages, and the record stands as a

> monument to the railroad methods in use on the western division of the

> road. Some of the western connecting roads have had embargoes against

> Norfolk and Western coal since the middle of January, while at times

> all roads have embargoes, and at one time there was an eastern embargo

> at tidewater due to the frozen condition of the ocean on which boats

> could not ply because of the blizzards [ /frozen ocean/?].

> The biggest record for one month by the Pocahontas division is

> 51,159 cars, but this record was established during a thirty-one day

> month, so the February record from a daily average standpoint is a

> better one.

> Every week new coal cars are delivered to the road now, and it is

> expected that new engine equipment will commence to come from the

> Roanoke shops by the 15th instant. The new engine equipment has been

> under construction at the Roanoke shops for some time, and is a

> Norfolk and Western product, as are many of the steel coal cars in use

> on the road, showing the versatility of the management, which expects

> to do the biggest business in the history of the road during the next

> few months.

> Weather reports from the west yesterday were not encouraging,

> blizzard conditions continuing. Thousands of cars are tied up around

> Toledo and Detroit and the outlook for the next few days is not

> exceptionally bright, although cars are being returned from the east

> as fast as they can be delivered.

> ------

> Gordon Hamilton



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Tom Cosgrove
Past Captain RBVFA Squad, EMT
SKYWARN Spotter LME002
Red Cross Disaster Volunteer since 1995

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