St. Albans, Vt.
The National Car Company has an interesting story. Based in St. Albans, it was originally created to purchase the patents for dual gauge rail cars for the St. Albans Foundry. A fast freight service from Boston to Chicago at the time ran through Vermont and connected with the Grand Trunk Railway in Canada. The Grand Trunk ran broad gauge rails when the fast freight service was started and the dual gauge cars allowed for ready transition from US standard gauge to the GTs broad gauge. After the GT switched to standard gauge the National Car Co became a refrigerator car holding and leasing company. National Car spent most of its life as a refrigerator car operating company, at one time operating 4000 Tiffany refrigerator cars. It never built or repaired its own cars.