N&W in 1911--Buys another railroad

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The following is from the June 30, 1912, N&W Annual Report:


The property of the Virginia Anthracite Coal and Railway Company connecting with your road at Christiansburg, Va., and extending to Blacksburg, Va., 8.88 miles, was bid in for your Company at foreclosure sale in August, 1911, for the sum of $100,000. Titles were cleared and the property was turned over to your Company on January 1st, 1912, since which date it has been operated as the Blacksburg Branch. The Receivers were thereupon discharged.

So, it looks as though the BDT article was timely.

Gordon Hamilton

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Could the Bluefield Daily Telegraph have been two (2) years late with this report?
They abbreviated the name of the road, but the wonderful photo included with this article does, in fact, have the full name on the tender. Can someone provide an explanation . . . and/or, possibly, more details on this part of N&W's mergers and acquisitions?

Virginia Anthracite Coal & Railway Company – Incorporated April 2, 1902 in Virginia; connecting with the N&W main line at Christiansburg and extending to Blacksburg, VA; purchased at foreclosure by the Norfolk & Western Railway Co January 31, 1909, becoming the Blacksburg Branch, with N&W operations beginning January 1, 1912.

The above text is my summary of information found in:
1. Corporate History Chart of the Norfolk and Western Railway Company as of June 30th, 1916
2. Norfolk and Western Magazine, 10-1938, p. 408

Don Jackson
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