Virginian in 1909--Long train

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
December 18, 1909

Virginian Railway Hauls 120 Hoppers Each Carrying Fifty Tons of Coal

Roanoke World: The Virginian railway broke all known records today by sending a loaded train one mile and six feet in length to the east.
The train was made up of 120 steel hoppers, forty-four feet in length and the same height* each loaded with fifty tons of coal.
The coal is valued at $18,000.
The train was made up here, and left for the east at 8:15 a.m.
While it was not generally known, many people were attracted to the depot to see the longest loaded train in the world** pull out for the coast.
It is understood that the train was made up at this time in view of the fact that it will pass officials of the road who are coming to Roanoke tonight. Among the officials who will be here will be H. H. Rogers, Jr.; President Broughton; General Manager Raymond DuPuy, and Assistant General Manager H. P. Reigert.

[*I presume that the reporter meant that each hopper was the same height, not that the hoppers were forty-four feet in height! **But, stay tuned for a subsequent article on this matter.]

Gordon Hamilton
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