The Sanpete Valley Creeper

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 10
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1978
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title The Sanpete Valley Creeper
Description out of line or was it a loosened rail-plate pin? Observers said its engine often appeared to "wobble" along the tracks. A story is told about the time its engine high-centered on a cow. Its front wheels were lifted from the track and into trie air. The train could not niove, and another engine had to be brought from Manti to pull it off the carcass. Sanpete folk were proud of this "Creeper" train and of the way it connected them with the outside world. It was always dependable, except when some catastrophe arose. Each day, never on Sunday, it made its run to Nephi and return. Occasionally a storm or flood caused its delay or perhaps its compassionate operators slowed and stopped it as their wisdom dictated. Ali Olsen, Ephraim, tells the story about the day the Sanpete Valley train got stuck. It had almost reached the sunrni t north of Founta i n Green. Because of the great depth of heavy snow on its tracks, it just could not move. George Bradley, the conductor, said to some boys who were passengers, "Get off and pull some of these brush along the track and give them to the engineer. Then maybe he can get up more steam." The boys did as they were told and hurriedly gathered huge armloads of wet green, snow-laden brush, only to have the engineer pull the whistle and ejaculate, "Gee, d-you." Another engineer, Ray Stringham, worked out a signal with his wife to notify her when he would be home. As the train approached Manti, he blew the whistle in such a way that she As a train of convenience, the Sanpete Valley could not be surpassed. It moved s1 owly huffnnQ and puffnno. It never seemed to hurry. It had a job to do and it did it, arriving home at various hours in the evening. Wilford Anderson, Manti, said it took eight hours one time for the train to get to Nephi. An election was coming up and the train operators stopped at every town on the route to talk politics. A person desiring a ride after the train had left the station, stood on the side of the track and waved his arm for the approaching train to stop. Thus farmers had transportation to and from, and fishermen and hunters often rode to ¦their favorite spots to spend the day. They caught the train -107-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 10
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323724
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