June 21, 1974: O-Ps, Alcos, high water and Rule 221
There's nothing like the smell of opposed-piston exhaust in the morning. And that's just how the longest day of the year started out as the sun burned off the morning mist at Crowsnest, B.C. The hostler was busy marshalling H16-44s 8554 and 8724 for the Michel switcher, separating them from the leased PNC GP9 that accompanied them into town on an overnight extra.
The day started out normally enough, but the raging waters of local rivers, burdened with the combination of spring run-off and heavy rains, would bring unforeseen adventure.