Electric operation began in 1915.]

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Answer 1 - Electric traction was past its 'infancy'.? The PRR had sucessfully?used paired jackshaft drive electrics to power passenger trains from Manhattan Transfer (NJ) into Penn Station, and to Sunnyside Yard (Long Island) for several years?? N&W's box cabs were similar in appearance to the PRR DD-1 set.
Answer 2 - Subject more completely covered by recent NWHS publications; short answer is that modern N&W steam locomotive?performance made further investment in electrification unwise.

Jerry Crosson

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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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