Re: You wreck It, You Buy It!


al_brown03
 

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@...>
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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
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
decades.

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.

Scott Mason




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