Twenty-nine years before the first shovel turned over dirt for the construction of the Kerr Dam and lake region in 1947...
... there was a train trestle that crossed Nutbush Creek in Vance County. A forest fire had scorched the bridge, but it appeared safe.
However, on March 27, 1918, Engine Number 2 train (Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad?) fell through the bridge. Two brothers on board were killed.
Engine Number 2 (circa 1918) So, an entire train lies submerged at Kerr Lake! It was also claimed that for years following the wreck, local picnickers would dive down and ring the submerged locomotive's bell!
I also located this posting from a Kerr Lake bulletin board...
"Our family owned a farm that had some land taken by the Corp to build the lake on Nutbush. My grandfather told me a story about that train 30 years ago. He saw it first hand. If I remember it right, what he said actually happened was the two brothers would stop the train at the bridge and one would walk across to other side then the second brother would set the train on automatic and get off and they let the train go over the bridge without anyone in it. When the train crossed the first man jumped up in and stopped it and waited for the second man to come over. He said they did this for years then a new bridge was built ( or repairs were made to the old one) and the very first time they tried going over it with both aboard it gave way. I think he also said for some years when the lake first flooded the last boxcar was very visible as it floated up some and could be seen in clear, low water conditions. I also thought it was on Little Nutbush, not Big Nutbush , but may have that part wrong."
Interesting history lesson. You never know what you may be paddling "over" in your kayak!