Help unravel mystery on river bottom

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From Roanoke Times:

Help unravel mystery on river bottom

This summer, a technical crew mapped the floor of the New River near
Interstate 81 in preparation for bridge work. While gathering contours
needed to design new bridges, the crew saw evidence of a submerged
object believed to be a train car.

So how did a train car end up on the river bottom? How long has it been
there? What railroad was involved? Where are the tracks?

If you have facts that might lead to some answers, please contact
reporter Jeff Sturgeon at (540) 381-1661 or jeff.sturgeon at



Well this is most likely a N&W car from the branch line from Radford.
Was used in construction of the Claytor Lake Dam. Branch originally
built for some grant plan going somewhere I can't remember. Any ideas on
the car in the river, if it is a railroad car??

- Roger Link

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