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Many of the train wrecks on Prince Edward Island occurred in the winter months. Because of dangerous conditions, section foremen and crews had to be on duty during storms to make sure the track was safe for passenger trains and to remove all obstructions. They would do anything they could to keep the line open, including hacking the ice off the rails with axes. Throughout the winter, the foreman was expected to make daily reports to the track master about the depth of snow. (Lowell Huestis)