I passed a freight train taking the siding at Ekutna. I figured the southbound passenger train must be near and indeed it was a couple miles further on. I circled the meet just for fun. Immediately after the lead engine passed the freight locomotives there was a considerable reduction in speed. "Huh, what is the reason?" I thought. Straightening out and flying south toward the end of the freight train and front of the passenger train it became immediately obvious.
A moose was trotting smartly down the track in
front of the lead passenger locomotive. I've heard of this for years
but never got to witness. The moose ran on a good 800 feet before
exiting to the trees.
© 2002 Jim Somerville