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270 stranded on powerless train in Labrador for 8 hours in freezing cold
CBC News ^ | Dec. 14, 2013 | CBC News

Posted on 12/14/2013 8:41:05 AM PST by rickmichaels

Two pregnant women, children and seniors were among the 270 passengers who sat freezing for eight hours on a train after it lost power in Labrador Friday morning, as temperatures plummeted below - 30 C.

​Tshiuetin Rail Transportation rail conductor Joe Shecanapish was unable to bring back power to the train, which was heading to Sept-Iles, Que. from Schefferville, Que.

"We did everything we can. We couldn't do it. Water froze, toilets froze, everything," he said.

Shecanapish said they tried to squeeze people into a small cabin to warm up. He said some blankets were provided to passengers.

During the ordeal, temperatures ranged from - 26 C to - 33 C.

The train stopped about 65 kilometres from Labrador City, with about eight hours to go before its final destination. It was hours before the town was notified about the train.

"Minus forty. It's like, hey. Right now my feet are still cold," said Simon Einish, who was travelling with his family to Ontario.

Some of the passengers were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, but there were no major injuries.

Fire Chief Joe Power, who was one of the first to the train, said the passengers were lucky the train stopped where it did

"It could have been a lot worse this evening. They could have been 100 km or so up the track with no help."

Five buses transported passengers to Labrador City, where they spent the night at Menihek High School.

Other passengers were taken to neighbouring community Fermont, Que., to spend the night in bunkhouses.


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1 posted on 12/14/2013 8:41:05 AM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Willie Green would have been horrified.


2 posted on 12/14/2013 8:46:36 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: rickmichaels

Without Globull warming, they’d have been in real trouble.


3 posted on 12/14/2013 8:48:39 AM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: rickmichaels

Would like to know what was around. Wood still burns as far as I know. Would have made lousy pioneers.


4 posted on 12/14/2013 8:49:58 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: rickmichaels

Ya gotta get up and do jumping jacks and pushups to stay warm....not the pregnant women


5 posted on 12/14/2013 8:52:38 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: rickmichaels

no one could bounce a call off a satellite?


6 posted on 12/14/2013 8:56:15 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: rickmichaels

You would think they would keep a few portable propane heaters onboard for just such emergencies.


7 posted on 12/14/2013 8:58:04 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: rickmichaels
270 stranded on powerless train in Labrador for 8 hours in freezing cold Fire Chief Joe Power, who was one of the first to the train...

Headline should be... "Joe Power Saves Powerless Train".

8 posted on 12/14/2013 9:00:25 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: rickmichaels
Joe Shecanapish

That's what someone said about one of the pregnant women due to the cold ....

9 posted on 12/14/2013 9:03:16 AM PST by mikrofon (Gorebull Warning)
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To: rickmichaels
"Minus forty. It's like, hey. Right now my feet are still cold,"

Hey, it's not like it was -40 Fahrenheit ....

10 posted on 12/14/2013 9:07:53 AM PST by mikrofon (Oh ... Wait.)
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To: rickmichaels; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

Never go out in such extreme cold without a gortex parka.

And a rat hat.


11 posted on 12/14/2013 9:15:20 AM PST by Gamecock (There are not just two ways to respond to God but three: irreligion, religion, and the gospel. (TK))
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To: rickmichaels

Read a story on FR on how this happened in Houston, but it was electric cars. There was flooding in the city and the electric cars were useless.


12 posted on 12/14/2013 9:15:48 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: rickmichaels

Is Carnival Cruise Lines operating the trains in Labrador?


13 posted on 12/14/2013 9:17:27 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: mikrofon

-40 Fahrenheit and -40 Centigrade are the same.


14 posted on 12/14/2013 9:20:52 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Fight on!!)
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To: rickmichaels

Now they know what it will be like when the SHTF.


15 posted on 12/14/2013 9:25:16 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: rickmichaels

16 posted on 12/14/2013 9:30:05 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: rickmichaels

What would a potential disaster be without a couple of pregnant women along?


17 posted on 12/14/2013 9:31:08 AM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: laplata

“Without Globull warming, they’d have been in real trouble.”

Aye, without global warming instead of the -30C temperatures, the mercury would have dropped to the much more life threatening -30.7C


18 posted on 12/14/2013 9:35:16 AM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: rickmichaels
Don't know which would be more surprising ...

... that Labrador, Canada has rail service, or ...

... that dogs actually grow that big ...

19 posted on 12/14/2013 9:35:28 AM PST by x
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To: Gamecock

And a pair of good boots.


20 posted on 12/14/2013 9:41:16 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: dsrtsage

That’s right.

Before we know it, these idiots will want people to idle their cars for an hour a day to raise the temperatures when it’s really cold.


21 posted on 12/14/2013 9:46:36 AM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: dsrtsage
Aye, without global warming instead of the -30C temperatures, the mercury would have dropped to the much more life threatening -30.7C

We were travelling through Canada just after they went metric and heard a radio guy report that one woman called in, wanting to know that with the conversion, would the temperature there now be warmer.

22 posted on 12/14/2013 10:01:02 AM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: smokingfrog
You would think they would keep a few portable propane heaters onboard for just such emergencies.

So then you'd have a train car full of dead people from the propane exhaust.

Eberspaecher hydronic heaters are the way to go. The should heat a car or two of every train with them.

23 posted on 12/14/2013 10:04:40 AM PST by Mogger (Independence, better fuel economy and performance with American made synthetic oil.)
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To: Paladin2
Good map. I was trying to figure out how a Quebec to Quebec train run got stranded in Labrador. Checked my camping maps and Aha! Forgot about the nub.

Googled Schefferville, Quebec and discovered total population is 231. Now with 270 stranded on the train, the real question is has the whole town of Schefferville skipped town?

And then the train stops...Labrador Iron mines nearby... sounds like a job for Scully and Mulder.

;>)


24 posted on 12/14/2013 10:11:24 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Paladin2
"The agreement between IOC and the three First Nations who own Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. has resulted in the first aboriginal ownership of a railway line in Canada.

This railway (along with the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway line, Arnaud Railway, and Wabush Lake Railway) form an isolated railroad network, as it does not interchange with any other rail lines on the North American network."

25 posted on 12/14/2013 10:22:18 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: rickmichaels
Bless the Canadians communities for their big help here.
26 posted on 12/14/2013 10:45:42 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Fiji Hill
(pssst...I think that was the joke)
27 posted on 12/14/2013 11:11:59 AM PST by GATOR NAVY
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