"Whiteout" - December issue of Trains Magazine

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"Whiteout" - December issue of Trains Magazine
Posted by Derail on Monday, November 06, 2017 2:36 PM

The author talks about using "Caterpillar tractors" as needed "where the spreaders cannot push it (the snow) over the side" (page 33).  Does he mean track type dozers, wheel dozers, or front end loaders? Is this equipment moved in before winter to where it's likely to be needed? hauled in on rail when needed?  He mentions "20 Cats" working in groups.  That's a lot of heavy equipment!  Of course that's equipment that's probably not need in winter for construction.  Can someone answer these questions? 

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 7:18 AM

I do believe those are your good, old Caterpillar "bulldozers."  Wheeled equipment would not work well there.

That is a good question on the logistics involved with that equipment.  There is the possibility that the railroad just leases it for the winter, although winter in the mountains does last longer than when the dozers would be needed in the lowlands.   

I'm guessing they are railroad owned and stay on the mountain year-round.

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Posted by Lazers on Thursday, November 09, 2017 12:54 PM

I just received my December Trains Mag today and read Dick Dorn's 'White Out' article & photos from begining to end, without a break. I enjoyed it very much.

Here in England we get nothing like that type of weather. If we have 25mm (1") of snow - everything grinds to a halt! There is minimum provision made for keeping any transportation moving.

I'm watching the Rotary in action (Feb 2017) on the Tube on my other PC, including a PistenBully. They are a real good design, such a lightweight machine  clearing snow like that. The Rotary is like a Geyser. Paul

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Posted by greyhounds on Friday, November 10, 2017 4:20 AM

Derail
He mentions "20 Cats" working in groups. That's a lot of heavy equipment! Of course that's equipment that's probably not need in winter for construction. Can someone answer these questions?

Well, the Union Pacific could be using Rent a Cat.

https://www.catrentalstore.com/en_US/products/earthmoving-equipment/dozers.html

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Posted by SSW9389 on Friday, November 10, 2017 9:37 AM

Yes real Caterpillar bulldozers. See the article "When snow hits the Sierra" by Dick Dorn in the December 1994 Trains. The cats are used to push the snow off the sides where the spreaders can't reach. See pages 53-61. 

 

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Posted by Derail on Friday, November 10, 2017 3:05 PM

I'd love to see that December 1994 article but I don't have copies of the magazine that far back nor can I get it at Trains.  If you have it, can you send me the article via email?  ronnrowdy@mtco.com

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Posted by samfp1943 on Friday, November 10, 2017 5:52 PM

Getting to be that 'time of the year' again....Winter and its snows! Ick!  Out heere in the flat lands, generally the railroads rely on their 'permanent plows' furnished by EMD and GE. The 'rubber tired bubbas' plow the roads and inevitably they'll cross the tracks with a large pile of that 'snirt' on the crossings. 

  Those are the days when waiting at a crossing around here you want to be well back of the painted line. At track speed the snirt will fly many feet off the tracks  Oops - Sign...Besides the 'sometimes' white stuff, they can launch all sorts of debris into waiting motorist's windshields... Try to collect a damage claim from BNSF for a windshield. Bang Head

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Posted by Firelock76 on Friday, November 10, 2017 6:32 PM

Speaking of trains hitting snowbanks, anyone seen this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npm4ElvJWJg

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Posted by SSW9389 on Friday, November 10, 2017 6:47 PM

It's on the Trains 1940-2010 disc.

 

Derail

I'd love to see that December 1994 article but I don't have copies of the magazine that far back nor can I get it at Trains.  If you have it, can you send me the article via email?  ronnrowdy@mtco.com

 

 

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