Self fuel satisfaction

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Thu Apr 25 15:07:29 EDT 2013

Was it really a "conveyor belt" as opposed to . . . maybe a steel cable?
I've never heard of a mixture of a belt with buckets. Please elaborate.

Belted down to the head-house and then bucketed from there across the river??

Thank you,
Dave Willis
(blt 1962, c/n 4)

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Subject: Re: Self fuel satisfaction
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:55:14 -0400
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I have pondered this question for a very long time, and would like to throw it
into the pot.
The N&W was a coal hauler, that used coal to power its own locomotives, and I'm
sure many other things such as heating, electricity ect.
Where did this coal come from?
How was it delivered/divided up for its own usage, and where delivered to?
How was it paid for, and who got the payment for this coal?
Thank you for your time, and all the great info passed on from such
knowledgeable people, to those of us who are just inquisitive of OUR N&W/VGN.


I don't have all the answers, but consider Williamson, WV. Locomotive coal came from a

company mine on Pond Creek (across the Tug River in Kentucky). It was moved to the

locomotive service area in buckets hanging from a conveyor belt. Harry Bundy

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