N&W in 1909--N&S

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
July 17, 1909

Rumored That Norfolk and Western Will Purchase Norfolk and Southern

The report that the Norfolk and Western railroad is expected to purchase the Norfolk and Southern, is received in the general office at Roanoke with considerable incredulity. If the report is true, it certainly has not originated in Roanoke. Norfolk and Western people are inclined to regard the rumor as altogether baseless. They are unable to comprehend how their road would be benefited by such a deal.
The signing of the ancillary order by Judge H. G. Conner, of the Eastern Carolina United States district court for the foreclosure sale of the Norfolk and Southern railroad, in the hands of receivers, has given renewed impetus to talk that the Norfolk and Western with principal North Carolina holdings, the Atlantic and North Carolina, and the Raleigh and Pamlico Sound roads, will pass into the hands of the Norfolk and Western. It is pointed out that under the North Carolina laws neither the Southern nor the Seaboard Air Line could be a bidder, and the Atlantic Coast Line would scarcely be a bidder. On the other hand, it is claimed that there are a number of reasons, it is claimed, why the Norfolk and Western would want this property. By constructing a link from Raleigh to Durham, these rumor manipulators say, a new through line outlet for the Norfolk and Western coal traffic would be established, covering a large part of eastern Carolina that would otherwise be invaded by the Seaboard Air Line and Clinchfield road, a coal carrying combination just looming up as one of the great coal combinations of the country.
Gordon Hamilton
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