Smith Mountain Lake and the VGN ?

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Wed Oct 6 12:51:41 EDT 2021

To bastardize a movie quote "write it and they will come".  I'll try to get
you one or two of those new trillion dollar coins that the guv'mnt
is thinking of producing :^)
Jim Cochran

On Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 12:37 PM NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at>

> When Smith Mountain Lake was created, was any change of alignment or grade
> necessary on the Virginian's Norfolk Division ?
> The largest "estuary" (if that is the right word) of the new lake which
> the VGN seems to have crossed is at the mouth of Falling Creek, about 3.5
> miles west of Goodview.  Coordinates 37.2343, -79.7826.  The bridge
> crossing this stream appears to be approximately 250 ft in length, judging
> from the satellite imagery.
> I am wondering if that long bridge was original construction, or something
> thrown up to accomodate the railroad subsequent to the flooding of the
> valley during the creation of the lake.
> If there is an outpouring of Shiny Quarters from my fax, sent in by
> generous patrons to support the Old Brakeman's Relief Fund, some day I may
> write the story of my frist trip down the VGN's Norfolk Division, and
> nearly stepping off the backwall of a bridge in the darkness.  T'was not a
> good night, at all...
> -- abram burnett
> Turnips Two Degrees Separated from Reality...
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