GRAND FALLS, New Brunswick (AP) – An underwater search for a train that plunged into a New Brunswick river over a century ago failed to turn up the steam engine over the weekend.

Eric Ouellette, the civil engineer spearheading the effort, is hoping a third time combing the murky bottom of the St. John River will be the charm.

He’s hoping the Canadian Pacific Railways train can be found in time for the anniversary of the accident in Grand Falls this Saturday.

The train fell into the river when a bridge collapsed on June 21, 1900.

Ouellette said he believes the engine was never recovered and remains submerged.

The recent rain and poor visibility made search efforts very difficult, he said in a posting on his Web site late Saturday.

The divers managed to find some metal debris underwater, but no train.

If the locomotive is found, Ouellette said he plans to try and recover it.

AP-ES-06-15-03 1918EDT


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