Virginian in 1912--Extension west
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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Thu., April 25, 1912
SENSIBLE IDEA FOR VIRGINIAN EXTENSION WEST
Making Surveys From Herndon Direct to Cincinnati, Ohio
MOST DIRECT ROUTE QUEEN CITY TO SEA
Would Open Up Vast Coalfields and Furnish Western Outlet--Bond Issue Partly For Extension Purposes
HAS FINE EQUIPMENT FOR COAL CARRYING TRAFFIC
There is a persistent rumor current, according to a Cincinnati dispatch, that the Virginian railroad [sic] management intends extending its line to that city. For the past several months surveyors of the company have.been in the coal fields in western West Virginia and eastern Kentucky making preliminary surveys. It is believed that this work is being done with a view of extending the line westward to Cincinnati to give the road a western outlet.
It is positively known a call meeting of the stockholders of the Virginian railroad will be held in Norfolk, May 4th, for the purpose of authorizing a $75,000,000 bond issue, partly for extension purposes as the call for the meeting, states that $50,000,000 is expected to be used for extension of the road for a western outlet.
The present western terminus of the Virginian railroad is Deepwater where it connects with the Chesapeake and Ohio and finds its only outlet to the west. The Virginian railroad has a "total mileage" of 460 miles. Its eastern terminus is Norfolk where it has magnificent coal docks.
It is believed the extension of the road, if one is built westward, will begin at Herndon, in Wyoming county, and extend to Cincinnati. It is in western West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, between Herndon and Cincinnati, that the surveyors have been mysteriously working for the last several months.
If the road should be extended in a straight line, as nearly as it would be possible, from Herndon to Cincinnati, it would mean the construction of about two hundred and fifty miles of road. The Virginian would then have the shortest mileage from Cincinnati to the sea of any line and it would result in developing vast coal territory in western West Virginia.
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