The community of Spy Hill, Sask. provided a breakfast and some cheer to some unexpected guests Christmas Day.
A VIA Rail train travelling between Vancouver and Toronto and carrying 98 passengers had to stop because the extreme cold weather led to a mechanical failure causing the heat to quit working.
The passengers had to evacuate the train due to the dangerous temperatures.
Travis Moore is a member of the volunteer fire department in Spy Hill. He said they got a call around 7 a.m. asking if they could provide a place for the passengers to stay.
“Our volunteer fire department helped escort them to the (community) hall, all the baggage and luggage and that kind of stuff.”
Moore said a few members of the community came out to help cook up a pancake breakfast for the passengers and make things comfortable. One of the store-owners opened their doors on Christmas Day to help ensure everyone had food and drink.
“The people are grateful that they’re getting some help and they had a place to go.”
Buses have been arranged by VIA Rail to pick up the passengers and transport them to Winnipeg.
Spy Hill is located about 60 kilometres north of Moosomin.