Apparently the switch at the southeast end of VM was in the wrong position,
and the hoppers wound up on the shorter (right) of this pair of repurposed
No big deal, right? The train can pull back out onto the main, and after
the switch is realigned, push the hoppers back onto the longer track.
Except it had already released the main, where another westbound train was
rapidly approaching. Fortunately, there had been just enough room for the
lead engine to tuck itself behind the dwarf signal...