Here's another railroad snow plow. Its an impressive sight up close.
And a third
The snow wave is big enough to go over that telephone pole.
posted on 15-12-2007
yes this is rare to see because the tains are not timed and dont stop unless they need fuel or to swich out drivers. And on the one where the train
gets stuck, the reason the engine sounded like a jet engine was because the metal wheels where sliding on the metal track. And you can do 1 of 2
tings. You could dig it out(they might of did) or you can call for 2 or 3 more engines and hook them all together and pull it out but then they would
use all of the engines to try to go through all that snow
posted on 4-1-2008
You could dig it out and latch on with several power units and tow it backward and try and clear the snow again...
Or you could sneak up on it from the other direction with a rail snow blower. I've never seen one personally but they are used in the mountains of
British Columbia when my Dad was young. I've seen some old photos that are really spectacular with snow being launched a long, long way and high. The
photo looked like the locomotive was completely in a trough as high or higher than it was.
I've never seen a plow like the one on the diesel-electric in the video. That was uber-impressive!
Here's a historic rail site that kept a list of the remaining rotary plows in North America up until 1998 by Andrew Toppan and picture of an older
retired one in BC.
It would seem that jet-melters and blowers are now the norm when a plow won't cut it... there are still a few rotary plows
A large steam rotary chews big snow - circa 1910
Source: Collections Canada, a federal government of Canada heritage site.
I'm still looking for a picture similar to one I saw years ago... it was B+W and the head-end of the rotary was a good as buried and snow was flying
hundreds of feet... it was in a rock cut and the snow was basically a trench taller than the locomotive.
Oh, and just for fun Collections Canada (a federally funded heritage site) has some nifty UFO links!!!!
A URL for a search that I did that leads to some official government documents... I will look more later. RG-77 (Records Group 77) and some others are
The Rotary Snow Plow. See how this snow clearing beast clears the tracks from snow and ice in the Winter over Donner Pass. This promo is a preview for
what is to come in a 1+ hour documentary program on DVD from BA Productions