DITCHED, part 4: READY TO LIFT. On Wednesday, February 9, 2011, a southbound New England Southern light engine struck a patch of ice and toppled a full 130 degrees off the tracks and down an embankment. The FRA blamed illegal snowmobile activity as the cause of the ice pack. In this scene, crews from Winter's Rigging have dragged the engine up from the ditch. They've already positioned it close to the rails. Now, they're attaching cables to the conductor's side of the unit to help them swing it upright. Digital photo. Taken from a controlled scene with the explicit permission of local law enforcement and first responders. Click here to view my next photo of the cleanup, showing crews actually picking up the locomotive.