Assault on Snow

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This is a classic tale of the railroad VS winter. Rare rotary action and hard to get videography make this a great program.

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This is a classic tale of the railroad VS winter. Rare rotary action and hard to get videography make this a great program. In February and March 1988 heavy snow swept across the mountains and plains of Wyoming and Colorado. Suddenly, both branches of a new shortline, the Wyoming & Colorado are snowbound. The line consists of two ex-Union Pacific branch lines, the 92 mile Coalmont Branch from Laramie to Walden, Colorado, and the 24 mile Encampment Branch off the UP mainline near Rawlins to Saratoga.

On February 17, three FP7’s off the Alaska Railroad and provided by Mountain Diesel Transportation, had set out to clear the Encampment Branch when they became stuck in a massive snowdrift. Dave Gross was there to record the struggle to free the units and the spectacular “punch and back out” plowing by the F units.

Snow is falling again on the morning of March 7 as the rarely used Union Pacific Rotary 900080 leaves Laramie to clear the snowbound Coalmont Branch. Shooting under difficult conditions Dave again captures the glorious show put on by the Rotary.

Narrated by Rege Cordic, this classic story of Winter Railroading is yours to relive again and again in high quality video and live sound.

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2 reviews for Assault on Snow

  1. rickyfreni

    From former Alaska railroad F7s stranded & pushing through the snow with a back & forth movement in February, to diesel powered rotary snowplow 900080 out of Laramie as well as a caboose & cab ride on one of the former Rock Island GP40s, winter on the New Wyoming & Colorado has never been better.

  2. Lloyd

    Fighting snow is always a challenge. Watching people fighting snow is always interesting. Here we see FP7’s get stuck and have to be saved from the huge snow drifts that clearly the crew did not realize how much snow was ahead. Then…. bring out the rotary to open another line so trains could move. This heavy duty equipment is awesome to watch. A great show for all to enjoy.

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