A flood swept through Lynchburg on November 5, 1985 carried with it an empty railroad tank car. This car, at a railcar service facility and without wheels, was swept downriver for several miles eventually coming to rest in the James River near the US29 Carter Glass bridge.

Today, October 21, 2005, nearly 20 years after the event, this railcar was hauled out of the river.

These pictures show some of the scenes today.

Prior to these photos, another wrecker/tow truck broke four cables getting the railcar to this location.

Near the river bank
Evaluating the status
Heavy-duty recovery vehicle in tug-of-war with railcar
Closeup of recovery chains and cables attached to railcar
Adjusting tow cables from recovery vehicle
The view from the opposite side of the river