IIRC, the bridge the boxcar went off of was the pontoon bridge
between the end of the Addison Branch at Larrabee's Point, Vt., and
the D&H connection on the New York side of the lake. The incident is
discussed in Bob Nimke's histories, and I think also in Jim
Shaughnessy's. The boxcar and Mikado "swam" within a few years of
each other circa 1920.
Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.
--- In STMFC@..., "Armand Premo" <armprem@...> wrote:
Wrong bridge.Right lake.It was a locomotive that went for a
swim off the
Rouses' Point trestle. # 33 a USRA Mikado.Armand Premo
----- Original Message -----
From: "smason22000" <smason2@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 8:35 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: You wreck It, You Buy It!
My favorite story involves a mishap on the Rutland Railroad. In
a single sheathed
boxar owned by the Canadian National took a plunge off the
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
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,
relettered it for the
Rutland, and it remained in service until the end of the railroad
It was the only single
sheathed car they owned and was numbered 7999.
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