For those of us who live in the colder parts of the country, it’s time to change to our winter driving habits and remember, especially in shaded canyons that the road can and will often be slick with frost or black ice. Even driving well below Montana’s maximum speed limit of 70 MPH can be very hazardous on sharp curves.
This morning we had to extricate an injured and very scared woman from her overturned car after she encountered an icy stretch on a sharp curve on Montana Highway 135. The ice was not visible and her accident could have been avoided only by driving at a much slower speed under those conditions.
Please keep ice in mind when on the winter highways!
Today was another day spent cutting firewood in the high country. The reward for the hard day’s work was a cord of great dry Lodgepole Pine and a chance to see the Western Larch in their bright Fall uniforms… miles and miles of Larch.
(The total forest area in these photos is over 400 square miles. The density of the Larch is obvious, and that’s a lot of Larch!)
It’s a still and lonely place.
This is the final set of photos of the derailment. It shows some of the railroad repair and the equipment used for it. The trains resumed their schedules last evening: total down time about 60 hours. There is still some restoration and removal work to be done, but the tracks are clear and usable.
Another group: moving the debris.
Here are more photos of the train derailment, in no particular order; for what they’re worth.
At the lower left, a train track to nowhere.
Preparing to retrieve a car.
How we gonna do this?