ille Railroad companies, especially the former, were very much pressed for motive power to meet the Government demands, in consequence of which a selection by lot of the locomotives was decided upon by the authorities, and was made Thursday at the office of the Virginia Central Railroad Company, and resulted as follows: The Virginia Central Railroad drew the "Hero," an engine built by Norris & Sons with 16 by 24-inch cylinders, four and a half feet wheels, and weighing about 38 tons.
The "Job Terry," built by Hinckley & Co., cylinders 15 ½ by 20 inches, five feet driving-wheels, and 18 tons weight.
The Orange and Alexandria Railroad drew a Rogers engine, the "President," (formerly had a likeness of Old Abe on it,) 16 by 22-inch cylinders, drivers five feet in height, and 26 tons weight.
The "Red Bird," built by Smith & Jackson, 16-inch cylinder, with 22 inches stroke, and four and a half feet driving wheels, weight 26 tons.
A "camel-back" burthen engine, Ross Winans, builder, cyl