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Two years later, railroaders remember victims of W.Va. mine disaster

(Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, April 6, 2012)

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. Two years have passed since an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine near Whitesville in Raleigh County claimed the lives of 29 coal miners, but their memory is still powerful enough to stop four complete unit trains in their tracks.

Shortly before 3 p.m. on Thursday, a loaded eastbound Norfolk Southern 100-plus car coal train, a loaded eastbound NS grain train, another loaded eastbound NS coal train and a westbound NS unit train pulling 100 or more empty coal cars back into the coalfields all came to a stop in the middle of the busy Bluefield yard.

Full story: Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Monday, April 09, 2012

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