A herd of 100 elephants was nearly needed to get a stuck train moving again in Pattaya.
Kampol Tansajja, director of Nong Nooch Topical Garden, had ordered mahouts to round up 100 elephants and equip them to tow a crude-oil tanker train stuck at a grade crossing on a hill outside the park.
A group of park and railroad workers and volunteers had tried to drag the train across a roadway from the crossing to allow car traffic through, but couldn’t move the 128-ton train. The elephants were a last resort before calling in a tow-train from the State Railway of Thailand, which would have backed up traffic for hours.
But just before the pachyderms were deployed, the engineer rocked the train back-and-forth enough to gain enough speed to move it up the hill.