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  1. My husband is a freight conductor. If he were in this situation, I don’t know if he would have a big ol grin on his face (since this is kind of like the choo choo equivalent to mud bogging) or if his butthole would be puckered up too tight to pass a greased BB LOLOL. If I had to guess, both.

    The impact itself is nothing for the train, but I do know that snow and ice can be very dangerous for trains. We live in south Georgia, but he occasionally gets called for a train up near Augusta or Atlanta. In the winter the tracks can accumulate ice, and they have to walk the track (especially on a hill or any grade) and throw sand on it so that the wheels can get traction to stop and go. He hates working these calls for obvious reasons.

    1. Addendum:

      The engine actually has an automatic sander to dispense the sand from a reservoir onto the rail when the train is slowing, stopping, or starting. These sanders frequently clog or break, which is when the conductor has to hand apply the sand.

  2. There are some fantastic videos of snow-clearing trains, both with massive plows and snow blowers. Something awesome about watching a plow train blast across the plain with a giant plume of snow in front of it.

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