N & W in 1909--Coal

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
August 19, 1909

If Haulage Continues at Present Rate Month of August Will be Record-breaker
United States Coal and Coke Corporation Business Promises to Exceed That of July by Not Less Than Seventy-five Percent

To date for the month of August the coal movement on the Norfolk & Western over this division is the heaviest in the history of the road. If the haulage continues at the present rate the month will be a record breaker, and there is every reason to believe that it will increase rather than diminish. The average daily movement according to advices gained from the field is about 1,340 cars since the first of the month. This means the number of cars delivered to the division west of Williamson for western consignment and to the division east of Bluefield for eastern consignment.
The western movement is the heavier of the two, and amounts to a daily average of 750 cars, and the rest is seaboard. Included in these figures is also the merchant haulage, which probably falls under fifteen percent. On Thursday 1,819 cars were loaded in the field and about 150 of these were miscellaneous freight. The rest were coal and coke. Monday Castner, Curran & Bullett alone loaded 303 [Microfilm blurred. Best interpretation shown.] cars. The Tuesday report has not yet been received at the local headquarters, but the number of cars loaded will probably exceed that of the previous day.
A telephone message from Col. E. O'Toole, superintendent of the United States Coal Corporation at Gary, to the Daily Telegraph yesterday afternoon, stated that the business of the company for the month of August will probably exceed that of July by seventy-five percent. The entire output, including both coke and coal, is consumed by the several plants of the United States Steel Company. The coke is shipped to the plant at Gary, Ind. The coal goes to Wheeling, Sharon, Pa., and South Chicago, where in addition to its manufacturing uses the by-product is utilized.
Last week there was a car shortage on the Norfolk and Western on account of the heavy freight movement, but a good many cars have been obtained from foreign roads, and the situation temporarily relieved.
Gordon Hamilton
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