Electric operation began in 1915.]

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Issues of the NWHS journal, The Arrow, from Vol. 26, No. 1 (Jan-Feb-Mar 2010) thru Vol. 27, No. 2 (Jul-Aug-Sep 2011) contain some 31 articles on the N&W Elkhorn Grade electrification that provide answers to your questions.

Gordon Hamilton
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I have always been amazed even as a young lad, watching what was called "Motors" by the road men, drag the long trains up the mountain East of Bluefield. In 1915, electricity was still in such a early stage of infancy, how could these machines have developed such a tremendous amount of power? Also, why did N&W decide to discontinue the system?
Gene Arnold


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