One last winter blast (Part II)
Sheldon to the rescue
Less than an hour after the Tillsonburg freight transmitted its SOS from Ostrander, help — in the form of every locomotive that the Salford shop could muster on short notice — came bursting through the drifts that had already reformed on the Port Burwell Sub. Sheldon and the crew of the 10:00 Woodstock rode to the rescue with Nos. 1245, 503, 6508 and 378, an SW1200, RS23, FP9, GP7 formation that only Ontario Southland could conjure. Superintendent Brad Jolliffe wasn’t taking any chances; the rescue crew had all the muscle they could possibly need to extricate the Tillsonburg train.
Fifty-four hundred, fifty first-generation horses made light work of yanking the Tillsonburg’s 13 cars and two locomotives from the drifts and dragging them north to Salford. Back at the Salford shop, the rescue consist was split up: Nos. 503 and 1245 for the Woodstock job, and Nos. 6508 and 378 for the snowplow ordered to work Salford-Tillsonburg and Woodstock-St. Thomas.