If you’re a closet train spotter, then this video will absolutely make your day. Even if you’re not, there’s no denying that this footage of a Canadian National Railway train barreling its way through a heavy snow drift in the middle of winter is exhilarating. As far as train videos go, this is undoubtedly one of the best ever.
It's absolutely fascinating watching this display of power by Mother Nature <3
Adverse weather conditions often bring transport to a standstill, and for very good reason. Wind, rain, ice, and snow can be incredibly dangerous if you are on foot or in a car. But for a train, bad weather is a piece of cake. Even when three serious blizzards blanketed this Canadian region, CNR locomotive No. 2304 found a way to get through.
According to Rumble, this train heads west every single day from Moncton to Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada. The intersection filmed in this video clip was in the village of Salisbury in Westmorland County.
In the clip, it immediately becomes apparent that the snow is several feet deep and the tracks are buried, invisible to the eye. Experienced train drivers are inured to harsh weather conditions, and the driver of train 2304 refuses to panic as the locomotive chugs along toward the intersection and a seemingly impenetrable wall of snow. Our cameraman looks on in astonished disbelief.
Luckily, this passerby whipped out his camera and started filming just in the nick of time. We’re so glad he did! He stands a safe distance away from the tracks and captures the formidable machine as it blasts its way through the gigantic mounds of shimmering snow. The effect is, quite simply, breathtaking.
Forging its way through the snow pile, the train sends a billowing cloud up and into the air in all directions, looking for all intents and purposes like a snowy explosion. As the train gets nearer to the cameraman, it’s hard not to hold your breath as it seems as though he will be buried in the icy eruption.
And he is! As the train passes, our cameraman is pelted by flying chunks of snowy debris. But luckily, he is unharmed; he simply wipes the excess snow from his camera lens and carries on filming.
As the cloud of white slowly settles, we see rows and rows of train carriages passing by through the snow tunnel that the ginormous machine has created. There are so many carriages that the train takes a full two and a half minutes to pass by.
There’s little else that can compare to the impact of a speeding train, especially when that train is faced with one of Earth’s greatest natural forces: a shimmering, shuddering, epic pile of freshly fallen snow! We hope the cameraman, despite his snowy shower, had just as much fun filming this footage as we did watching it.
The video has garnered over 14 million views on YouTube since being posted. Either there are way more train spotters out there than we’d bargained for or nobody can resist the magnetic attraction of a huge, speeding train meeting a wall of snow!
If this is what train spotting is like, then we’re off to buy an anorak, a thermos flask, and a decent pair of binoculars. Will you join us?