An 82-car empty train has just backed down from the middle leg of the switchback at Hagans. With the switch at the bottom ("Smiley") now lined for his movement, the conductor walks back to ride the cut to the end of track. A retired railroader who lives at Hagans was nice enough to retrieve him on an ATV and bring him back to the head end this day, where he could double over the power and 12 cars to clear the junction switch. On a cold, snowy night in January, however, he would have to trudge his way all the way back to the front in this era of EOTs in place of cabooses and rear end trainmen (also, it would be a trainman's job to do, and the conductor could stay warm in the cab and do his paperwork!). This is the only main line switchback in the nation--a railroading anachronism of the first order.