Question about Virginian Class AE operations following Clarks Gap electrification

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Following is from the ICC Report regarding
the April 1, 1941 boiler explosion of AE
Eng 800 at Stewartsville.  Keep in mind that
the information is only one example.

"The train consisted of 150 cars of coal and
caboose, the weight of the train was 13,479 tons.
That weight is an estimate.  In the era before
weigh-in-motion scales, loads were weighed just
before dumping. Clerks used an arbitrary tare
weight (24 tons usually. but 22 tons on the
Southern) and computed the loaded weight based
on the number of 50 ton cars and the number
of "battleship" gons to calculate the estimated
Extra 800 East departed Roanoke at 4:10 a.m.
the AE exploded at about 5:20 a.m. --  12.7
miles in 1 hour 10 minutes. Typical ?
                          Harry Bundy

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