A fireman is shoveling snow from the tram tracks in Helsinki center on January 17, 2019. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

HELSINKI

06:10, Thursday morning. Tram number 4, on its way to Munkkiniemi, is stuck at the stop at Lasipalatsi in Helsinki center.

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The tracks are buried in snow.

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Two firemen arrive in their truck with a big towing hook.

Clad in bright yellow overalls, they inspect the tracks.

Buried.



But there’s hope.

The tram reverses a few meters. They walk back to their truck, drive it slowly head-on with the tram.

They step out again. The solution is to clean the tracks by hand and shovel. They don’t need to use the hook.

At 06:18 the tram is able to continue its journey.

“Huh! Huh!” one of the firemen utters loudly.

They start shoveling again.

The snowfall, which began in the early hours of Friday morning in Helsinki and central Finland, has already brought almost 10 centimeters of snow on the ground.

According to the forecast, the snowfall could last until evening.

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