Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Town That Derailed a Diesel Train for Emergency Power

Photo: Ryan Remiorza (AP)

In January of 1998 a series of ice storms brought down power lines and the towers supporting them, leaving over 1.5 million people in Quebec without power in the middle of winter. The mayor of Boucherville borrowed a diesel-electric locomotive to use as a super-sized emergency generator. The train was derailed and moved under its own power 400 feet down the middle of a paved street to provide power to the town. This was Canada's worst ice storm ever and I remember it well but I'd never heard this story before. Thanks Bruce!

More: Gizmodo

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