"They had never met and only communicated over the radio. I guess Dad went to Moncton to look him up. Mom said that he
went in the office and stood behind Alphie and said "Hello Alphie". Alphie immediately recognized the voice. Many tears were shed that day I have been told."
Aftermath of derailment. The mess took a couple of weeks to clean up.
Lead unit GP402L (GF-430c) #9457 comes to rest in a snow bank. Wes was originally in the 1st unit and climbed outside to get into the 2nd as he thought his chances of surviving the crash were greater. (Guess he was right!)
Another shot of lead unit GP402L (GF-430c) #9457.
Trailing unit GP402L (GF-430c) #9548 was split for the lead unit.
Close up of second unit.
Close up of second unit. It's this window that Wes crawled out after the derailment.
This was taken the afternoon of the accident just after Wes was released from the hospital. When asked how he got out of this alive he replied, "The fella upstairs wasn't ready for me I guess".
Taken two days after the derailment finds both units back on the rails.
Close up of the brakes of the engine and it does not show any hot spots.