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A Union Pacific snow plow train derailed and became stuck at Soda Springs Feb 27 while attempting to clear the tracks of snow in the Sierras near Donner Pass.
Maybe they should install some of those hated Rivarossi style cookie cutter wheels on it to aid them in keeping it on the tracks.

I knew an engineer who put the Park City local (Utah) on the ground the winter of 1969-70 trying to push through a snow filled wind blown cut to get to a mine. He keep backing up and charging the snow until it stopped moving. Said all 3 units were on the ground but the worst part was he was retirement age and it nearly killed him crawling in and out of the 17 gondola cars to get to the caboose to be picked up by the rescue crew.
 

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That was just the beginnings of their problems.
That one was a spreader type unit, they also put 2 flangers on the ground as well.

They then brought in a rotary plow and it plowed about two miles and
the main bearing on the rotary froze up. End of show.
This was a newly rebuilt unit. UP 222

UP finely got a train through and it hit a fuel truck near Elko Nv.
Nobody hurt thank heavens.

Union Pacific has had a very bad week to say the least.

Magic
 
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