Help unravel mystery on river bottom

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Mon Oct 17 15:08:54 EDT 2011

_Train mystery at bottom of New River goes back years_

From Roanoke Times:
Pull up a chair for the story of the old boxcar sitting on the bottom of
the New River.

In short, water claimed that railcar and water is what's eating it.

The story begins more than 70 years ago.

In 1937, crews began construction of a hydroelectric generating station
for Appalachian Power Co. that came to be known as Claytor Lake Dam.


- Roger Link

On 10/06/2011 04:56 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:

> 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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