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Old 02-23-2021, 07:30 PM
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I'd heard this story anecdotally from a railfan friend and it recently surfaced in my social media feeds again. Emergency use of diesel locomotives to provide electrical power after a 1998 ice storm in Boucherville, Quebec:

https://gizmodo.com/that-time-a-cana...d-d-1846307148

https://www.thedrive.com/news/39378/...utal-ice-storm

The second article provides links to a couple of rail forum discussions with more technical information on how to accomplish this.

While I don't see this being viable in most locales circa 2000, it may have been a stopgap measure used in late 1997 or early 1998 - immediately after the nuclear strikes, when diesel fuel reserves were still a thing. This could result in PCs encountering a (damaged, stranded) locomotive in a very unexpected place...

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