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.
CPR Jet Truck Melts Snow off Plow 400840
This machine of the Canadian Pacific Railway has an airplane jet engine
mounted on a flat-bed truck. It is primarily used to thaw frozen switches
in the winter time. Here it is at Lake Louise thawing snow left on
snowplow 400840 after the latter had been used to punch through avalanches
in the Kicking Horse Pass near Partridge and Cathedral sidings the night
before. The snow could not be left to melt on its own on the plow because
it was suffering from an air leak affecting its pneumatic mechanism moving
the wings in and out. Melted snow which refroze in the mechanism could
disable it. Normally the procedure shown here is not performed.
The hot Exhaust from the jet engine
can be steered to a degree by the movable air funnel placed behind it. The
engine produces 140 decibels of noise. If one is standing beside it one
must wear double ear protection: plugs and ear muffs. If one only has ear
plugs one can only come to within 100 feet of it as the noise level is
already at 120 decibels at that point. The crewman told me that this is
the only operating unit on the CPR. A second unit exists in Calgary, but
is not operational at this time.
TURN UP THE VOLUME!!!
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.
Jackson County Grader V-Plow
Feb. 2nd day after midwest blizzard. The plow is dated 1956, and until last
year it hadn't been mounted on a grader in 25 years. Cobbled together a
mounting system in a couple days and was out plowing, still needs work but
it gets the job done for now. Works alot better now that they painted it,
it was rusty last year and the snow didn't flow off the wings very well.
Sorry about the rattles, the tire chains cause alot of vibration.