When Punxsutawney Phil poked out of his hole this past Groundhog’s Day and didn’t see his shadow, everyone was pumped at the prospect of having an early spring. But, before that spring does eventually come, it looks like there’s still plenty of serious winter weather ahead.
The Midwest has been getting hit particularly hard by snowstorms in the past month or so, and late last week, a massive blizzard came through southern Minnesota, boasting wind speeds as high as 47 MPH. But, whether there’s sun, rain, sleet, or snow in the forecast, the trains still have to run on time. As the above footage from out of Hawley, Minnesota shows, one train engineer wasn’t about to let a snow drift, no matter how big, keep it from getting to its destination.
According to ViralHog, here’s what the engineer had to say about the incident.
“I was the engineer on this train. After maintenance said it was okay to move through that area on main 1, I was told to keep up the speed as best as I could. The eastbound Amtrak 8 also told me about the drifts in that area as well. I was doing about 37-38 MPH because of a 40 MPH slow order in that area. The horn was blown constantly to keep it from plugging with snow.”
On top of all of that, the engineer added that his ears started to pop as he plowed his way through the snow drift. So yeah, needless to say, that clearly wasn’t your average train ride. The whole thing did make for some pretty epic footage though.