Snowplow Alley! History of snowplows in Maine!
A featured video of the Cole Land Transportation Museum, details the history of snowplowing in Maine with interviews of former Coles Express drivers and and old snowplow footage.
Taken from the Cole Museum video archives, it is also available for sale on DVD with a 28 minute tour of the museum. You can visit www.colemuseum.org for more information. Video is copyright of the Cole Land Transportation Museum and is used here by permission.
Narrated by Lowell Kjenstad, curator and trusted friend of the museum.
1971 Walter Snow Fighter
Walter plow opening road in upstate NY after the St. Valentines Day Storm of 2007. When you see the snow come over the center of the "V", it's 6' deep at that point. The truck is a 1971 Walter with a Frink V and 14' wings. 300HP Cummins & Allison Automatic.
1935 Walter Snow Fighter Part 1.wmv
Circa 1935 Walter Snow Fighter 16mm silent movie made by the Walter Motor Truck Company to show the super traction and power of the Walter Snow Fighter as it opens roads in the snow belt of New York State. One section shows a four wheel drive conventional snow plow truck getting stuck and then pulled out by a Walter. Projected by a vintage Bell and Howell Filmosound Specialist 500 series to a glass bead screen and avi movie file recorded by a Canon S5is digital camera by Larry Marmet. Special thanks to Tom Watkins of Kovatch Mobile Equipment (KME) for loaning the film for preservation and digital archiving. Thanks go to Bill Stoddard for the projection equipment and hands on instruction.
Oshkosh Snow Plow 1936
Dad Plowing snow east of Barnum Minnesota. Late 1930's.
Please check out my other plowing videos.
PennDOT Tow Plow
This is a video of the innovative TowPlow being used on Pennsylvania highways. Invented in Missouri and widely used there, the TowPlow is a steerable trailer equipped with a snow plow moldboard and cutting edge that allows the snow plow truck driver to plow a much wider path than could be done with the truck alone.
Benefits of the TowPlow include fuel and labor savings as well as lower initial and maintenance costs as compared to an additional snow plow truck.
As you can see, the TowPlow allows one driver to plow the width of pavement as would normally be plowed by two trucks. This results in a significant reduction in fuel usage and labor costs. In effect, the production the driver and snow plow truck are doubled.
The TowPlow has been used on urban multi-lane highways and rural four-lane divided highways. The TowPlows can be equipped with a spreader for granular snow melting materials or a tank for dispensing liquids.
This innovation truly allows the highway agencies that own them to do "more with less".