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One last winter blast (Part II)

Help, in the form of the 10:00 Woodstock crew and every locomotive the Salford shop could muster, rides to the rescue of the stalled Tillsonburg train.

Sheldon to the rescue

Not taking any chances, the rescue crew has four units, all the muscle they could possibly need to extricate the Tillsonburg job from the drifts at Ostrander. Dispatched from the Salford shop, the rescue run is powered by an SW1200, RS23, FP9, GP7 lash up that only OSR could muster,

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.

Fifty-four hundred, fifty first-generation horses make light work of dragging the Tillsonburg’s 13 cars and two locomotives from the drifts and back to Salford.

The wind never stops. Drifts are reforming yet again as OSR 378 and company approach Mount Elgin.

Winter railroading may be tough, but there's an undeniable element of beauty about it.

OSR 500 and 502 hitch a ride back to Salford on the rear of the rescue move.

Their rescue role fulfilled, OSR 6508 and 378 prepare for snowplow duty.

Sheldon rides the point as the Woodstock job positions snowplow CP 401005.

OSR 503 and 1245 pull the Tillsonburg train clear of the shop before departing for Woodstock.

As the Woodstock job pulls their train clear of the lead, the Tillsonburg power heads for the shop to regroup.

Round one went to Mother Nature, Nos. 502 and 500 will take another run at Tillsonburg after the plow clears the way.

OSR 500 at the shop, Alco on ice.

OSR 500: friction-bearing trucks add to the old girl's charm.

OSR 500 bears evidence of a battle lost. Round two coming up.

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