A train driver arrived at Whiteabbey Railway Station in February 1959 to discover that 22 trucks were missing.
The 3.30pm freight train had been en route to Carrickfergus with a delivery of sulphur.
However, just six wagons remained attached and the others were found to have become separated.
It is understood that they became detached after a drawbar had broken.
A spare engine came to the rescue and nudged the runaway trucks to Greenisland Railway Station to be rejoined to the train.
The wagon which had caused the trouble was left in a siding.
Whiteabbey Railway Station was opened in April 1848 by the Belfast and Ballymena Railway.