What's not happening right now...

BoxcabE50 Nov 14, 2014

  1. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    ...is many folks have ceased working on outdoor projects. In the spirit of this weather, I have been looking for a video I'd spotted about two years ago, on YouTube. It showed a fantastic snow blower a fellow, (in Europe?), had created from a vacuum cleaner. It really burrowed through the snows, and even had a great whining sound. Has anyone seen this one?
     
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    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I found it!

    [video=youtube;kbE0K6KEcY4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbE0K6KEcY4[/video]
     
  3. fitz

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    Ken, that was cool! Actually cold--there was so much snow it had to be real, not fake. Pretty neat, and he made it from a vacuum cleaner? Pretty innovative and unique, and useful, too.
     
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    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Believe that is what I'd read, back when I first found this one.

    One or two below zero here last night. But no snow to shovel, yet.
     
  5. Keith

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    Nothing to shovel, or blow, yet.
    But like you, extreme cold!! Had -11 the other night.
    Aiming for a whopping 21* tomorrow, with up to 4" snow possible.
    Still not sure if that worth running my plow train or not, while trying to video said train!
     
  6. ScaleCraft

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    I have a rotary that works with dry powder. I have a wedge that works very well. One of the guys has some expensive German unit that blows snow a long way.

    In 21 years, the snow starts falling, the phone starts ringing..."You plowing yet?"

    Once it happened during a scheduled ops session.....and we kept the plows busy and trains running.

    Somebody would get stuck on the hill, we'd send a plow extra down to meet them.

    Can be fun..but cold.

    Once I stayed out until 0300 keeping the line clear during a big one. Lost the new Gorge Line....packed in 20" deep, had to dig it out the next day..but the original River Rock Line stayed open.
     
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    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I'd like to see a wedge plow at work in some deep fluff. I've seen videos of people running them in an inch or so, crawling along. But what would we see with one charging along in eight or ten inches?
     
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    Eight to ten inches exceeds the height of all equipment. That's when they use the rotary.

    However: We have to buck the drifts often. Two, three, sometimes four locos......back them all up a good distance, get all the throttles set open them up wide, and sometimes you go through four feet of it. Stop all units, back it out, do it all over again.
     

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