Speedy, fearless, but frightening, wandering careless through white flurry. It is almost intimidating to watch these amazingly weird trains, such monsters carving their roads in the snow banks…
Conrail snow plow – Snow Plow Train @ Pittsfield, MA, United States
One of the very cold days of 1996. A snow monster train is passing the former GE transformer plant in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Railroad: Boston & Albany.
WSOR 3802 - Ripon, Wisconsin, United States. If you watch it just for a second, it is similar to a boat on snow waves.
LIRR snowplow “Jaws III” at Ronkonkoma, New York. Incredible shark painted train reminding of Jaws movie. But where is the snow?!?!
A Russell snow plow - Roaring down the track while moving away the fallen snow… Rather scary to watch the black machinery making mountains of snow.
Snow Plow Train, Soya Line, Hokkaido, Japan. One of the “mean machine” giants in action:
Old fashioned snow trains
As they used to be in the past. Ancient wooden snow plow, on a small railway in Ontario, Canada – 1927. Old pictures look lovely, right?
Georgetown Loop Railroad Snow Train. An old fashion train, still functioning as an amazing tourist attraction. Opened in 1884 and restored 100 years later the railway was closely connected with the discovery of gold in Georgetown.
You can read more about the railway and the area here. Steam locomotives, great landscapes… What a ride back to history!
Recycling military aircraft to blow snow away – MiG mounted on a train
In the mid-20th century, obsolete MiGs mounted on a train used to clear snow off of train tracks. After they got old and not useful anymore for their primary goal, jet engines went to work without rear fuselage and wings as snow blowers. Often met in Russia, Poland and Germany.
American Armored Snow Train . Sometimes there is no need for plows…
Rotary Snow Trains
In 1886, closely to the opening of the Georgetown Railway mentioned above, a new kind of snow plows appeared. With much more complicated devices “on board” than the one from Georgetown equipped only with a simple piece of metal pushing the snow away. Rotary snow trains became pretty fast the ideal snow removers by deeply cutting the snow from the tracks and throwing it aside.
Other interesting snow blowers
Battling blizzard with enormous snow blower train
“A six-foot cylindrical brush attached to the front sweeps snow into an even wider metal tube.
Snow is then blasted away — far away — from the rails from the mouth of a chute about eight feet in the air.” Read more…
I miss the snow…
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