The "Straight Shoot."

July 19, 1870


The owners of the shortened railway line between Lynchburg and Richmond will meet to discuss the line's early completion. This line connects Virginia cities which allows for the transportation of agriculture and minerals and growth of intrastate commerce.


The corperators in the amended charter of the straight road from this city to Lynchburg will hold their meeting here next Tuesday. We trust they will assemble in the right spirit to insure the early completion of this road, so important to Richmond and so important to the State in her struggle for the increase of her commerce and for building up a very great city in her own territory, which shall become the consumer of a large part of her agricultural products (giving farmers a market at their own doors) and convert her mineral wealth into marketable commodities. It is of the last importance that transportation and travel to the largest city in Virginia should be made as rapid as possible by straightening and shortening the lines that convey them. Expedition, the saving of time, is a vital element of trade in this day. Where it is wanting there must be disadvantage. Sec in all sections, amongst all active and sagacious people, how determined are the efforts to shorten distance and save time in transportation. We have seen that an expedient has been invented to avoid stopping trains to take on water. Troughs of running water are placed in the centre of the track, and hose, with a metal nozzle, is let down into the trough as the train flies along, and thus the tank of the tender is filled. And see what millions are expended in making tunnels sometimes to save short distances, as in the case of the House tunnel, in Massachusetts, which will cost several millions. It is impossible to look at the measure of shortening the distance between this city and Lynchburg and Wytheville and Abingdon and the whole Southwest as anything less than of vital importance. We arc sure the corporators fully appreciate this fact. They are wise and patriotic gentlemen, many of them deeply interested in the section of country lying in a straight line between Richmond and Lynchburg. That country will be greatly blessed by the road. While deeply concerned about that section they are no less animated by the more comprehensive advantages of the enterprise. We cannot doubt that the whole body will be inspired with a zeal commensurate with the undertaking, and that they will enter upon their duties with an energy and spirit that will be contagious, and fire up the hearts of city and country people to a degree that will insure the completion of the work with a promptness creditable to the State. When done it will prove its great work, and richly reward its builders.
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