Virginian in 1912--Passenger special

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Sat., April 27, 1912

Over a Hundred Officials, Stockholders and Bondholders in Party That Went Through Coal Field
Eight all-steel Pullman cars, two dining cars, an observation car and the Virginian private car, Dixie, pulled into Princeton yesterday noon, having on board over a hundred officials, stockholders and bondholders of the Virginian as well as many prominent bankers and representatives of bond houses who were making a tour of inspection of the road with a view to getting a closer view of the proposed $75,000,000 bond issue, which it is intended to float. The gathering was the most prominent Princeton has ever seen and considerable interest in the many rumors concerning the Virginian were awakened by the visit of the financiers.
After spending a half hour in Princeton the train pulled out for the Winding Gulf region, which was visited and the possibilities of the coalfields of that section viewed in the cold light of possible freight for the. future. From that branch the train .passed to the main line and went on to Deepwater, from which point it went on to Charleston.
Wild rumors scurried after the train. The belief that the New York Central would take over the line and secure a line from tidewater to Cincinnati was mentioned freely, while others held to the original plan of the Virginian builders that a line would be extended to the lakes, perhaps over the Toledo and Ohio Central recently secured by the Lake Shore, a subsidiary of the New York Central.

Gordon Hamilton

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