My favorite story involves a mishap on the Rutland Railroad. In the 1920's a single sheathed
boxar owned by the Canadian National took a plunge off the Rouse's Point Bridge into Lake
Champlain while in a Rutland consist. The car remained completely submerged for a few
After many years, someone from the Rutland contacted their counterpart at the CN and asked
if they still wanted the car. The obvious answer was "no".
Rutland crews fished out the waterlogged car, dried it out, repainted and relettered it for the
Rutland, and it remained in service until the end of the railroad in 1961. It was the only single
sheathed car they owned and was numbered 7999.