N&W in 1911--NYC RR officials

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
March 23, 1911

Will Visit Various Mines in Field and Gather Data to Support Rate Contention
A party of New York Central Railroad officials will visit the Norfolk & Western coal fields this week and inspect the various mines. The party will arrive at Huntington today on a special train over the Baltimore & Ohio and from there will go over the Guyan Valley and the Island Creek branches and spend the night at Logan after inspecting the mines in that section. From Logan they will go to Kenova on Friday and come up the Norfolk and Western, making a thorough tour of the field, going from here over the Virginian to Deepwater, from which point they will go over the Chesapeake and Ohio field and then make a trip through the Kanawha and Michigan fields. It is thought they will go from the latter region to the Fairmont section and inspect the coal mines there, but that part of the proposed itinerary has not been given out.
It is stated that they will gather as much data as possible in regard to the cost of placing empties, loading, weighing and transportation to the lakes and will use this in making their defense of their present rate in the Pittsburg* coal rate cases which come before the interstate commerce commission in a short time. The New York Central people are making a strong effort to show cause why the present rate should be maintained. Their claim is that they can not handle the lake coal as cheaply as the lines passing through southern West Virginia.
This case was brought on by the complaints of the coal shippers of New York and Pennsylvania to the interstate commerce commission that they have to pay eighteen cents more per ton on coal shipped to the lakes than the West Virginia shippers have to pay. They claim that under the present rate they cannot compete with West Virginia shippers in the lake trade.
*The spelling was changed from Pittsburgh to Pittsburg in 1891 by a Federal board on geographic names, but the board changed the name back to Pittsburgh about four months after the date of this article.

Gordon Hamilton
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