We were on a south freight going to Seward in
March 1969. They had a big heavy snow. We got onto a hill south
of Tunnel, and it got to the point that the deep snow kept us from going
any further. We talked to the dispatcher to determine what we should
do, and he said to back the train down the hill. Well, we couldn't
back down because so much snow had fallen in between the cars and wheels.
We were stranded. They called the rotary snowplow out, and it cleaned
the line behind us. They had another work train and it got
a hold of our caboose and took ten cars at a time and set them out at Spencer.
They'd come back and get ten more and kept doing this until they got us
off. We were relieved and the other crew took over.
© 2002 Don Prince