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Wisdom and Grace: A cold Christmas Eve on Amtrak


Last updated 12/5/2022 at 9:40am

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Gertrude Whaley enjoys a warmer day than Christmas Eve in 1983.

Note: I recently found this article written for the Havre Daily News that my mother Gertrude Whaley wrote about in 1983.

Due to family circumstances, I must travel by Amtrak from Havre to Portland, Oregon.

I was to leave Havre December 23 at 3 p.m. Due to severe weather conditions the train did not leave Havre until 2 a.m. on the 24th. The Amtrak crew had fought the severe cold all the way from Chicago, and in many places, they could only go 35-40 miles per hour. It was 35 degrees below when I finally left Havre. Many things had happened all the way, from broken rails and frozen pipes to...

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