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Snow and the Nevada Northern Railway
The year has just barely started and it is already off to a good start for the museum. On January 8th we had our first locomotive rental of the New Year. What makes this event so unusual is that the museum rarely operates in January. And then to spice it up was all of the snow that we have had so far this year. In fact we took locomotive 204 out of the engine house on the 7th and went to Adverse to check the track and to make sure we could get through the snow. As we broke through the drifts and threw the snow to the side it got me to thinking about past winters when railroads had to fight snow. As I mentioned before, I just recently read Mr. Peterson's autobiography. Mr. Peterson was one of the last General Managers of the Nevada Northern Railway. I thought I would share with you some of his railroading experiences in the snow.
From Mr. Peterson's autobiography:
A few years later Mr. Peterson relates another story about his first experience with a rotary snowplow. (The museum has a rotary snowplow as part of its collection.)
After Mr. Peterson's experiences on the Southern Pacific he came to work for the Nevada Northern.
I rode out to Adverse, I thought about Mr. Peterson's experiences getting
to the mill. The mill location would have been beyond our current end
of track at Adverse. On this particular day we had it easy. The sun was
shining, there was no wind and 204 just plowed through the drifts, rather
spectacularly but easily, all I had to do was watch. I found it hard to
image myself on a spreader being pushed at 40 mph with a rope around my
waist for signals. Knowing if I missed a signal, I would cause a train
wreck. And they called that the good old days?