N&W in 1909--Derrick car

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
December 18, 1909

New Derrick Wreck Car
The Norfolk and Western received last night a new derrick wreck car and the big derrick makes the former ones used by the company here look like dwarfs by the side of the one just received. The new wrecker has a capacity of 125 tons and was purchased for the purpose of retracking the big engines now in use in the event one of them falls off the track somewhere. The old derrick will be sent to Vivian where it will make headquarters and the new one will be kept at Bluefield so as to be available for either three divisions running out of here.*
[*As explained in my "Nuggets" article titled, "N&W's Division of Divisions" in the April--June 2008 issue of The Arrow, prior to 6/10/1897 the Clinch Valley was shown as a separate division from the Pocahontas Division. Apparently that is why several BDT articles in subsequent years continue to refer to the "Clinch Valley division" and why this article counts it as a third division--after the Radford and Pocahontas divisions.]

Gordon Hamilton
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