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Borrowed ex-NYC Snow Plow from WNYRHS

Postby Pete D » Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:13 pm

Tuesday morning (2/9) when I went to work I saw a snow plow on the interchange next to Blue Seal. Anyone know if this is an A&A aquisition or had it been left there by the B&P for some other reason?
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby BSOR Patarak » Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:02 pm

This plow is one from the WNYRHS. It is being leased by the A&A to replace their aging Russel. This one is of the 'wedge' type and will be tried out to see how it works on the line. It is an ex NYC and was stored at Hamburg for sometime.
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby jgallaway81 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:52 pm

Pat, is it an actual wedge, or a multi-track wedge?
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby BSOR Patarak » Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:57 pm

You might call it the multi track wedge. It pushes all to the right side of the plow (or what would be the east side of the A&A). I called it a wedge as opposed to the "vee" of the old one. Since most all of the snow drifts from west to east over the line, they didn't feel it would be a problem pushing it all to the east. There are still two air operated wings on either side to push back the banks along the edges. I don't know that it has plowed the line yet, but it was brought to the shop to have 2 windows repaired, minor air leaks in the flanger and wing system corrected and it is ready for duty. An interesting item that I found on it while performing it's single car air test was "NYC 645" stenciled on the frame underneath.
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby jgallaway81 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:54 pm

Give us a heads up when its supposed to go out.. something like that might expect multiple-unit hoses and jumper to run.
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby reinhardtjh » Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:36 am

And pictures!!!!
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby BSOR Patarak » Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:17 am

The plow is set up for the MU Jumper and Main Res hoses. The MU plug would power the lights (inside and out) on the plow, unfortunately 112 doesn't have that wiring. It does have the Main Res line that could be utilized to supply the air for the flanger and wings. It will also air up through the brake pipe. It takes a little longer, but as long as you're not pulling other cars with the plow, this isn't a problem.

It's just a guess on my part, but with the light snows and heavier winds that are expected over this weekend, they just might try it out early this week. I don't know if Monday will count as a holiday for them...either Monday or Tuesday would be my thoughts...
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby joesbag » Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:17 pm

All - Just wondering if this is the plow you are referring to - http://www.trainweb.org/wnyrhs/mow.htm#flanger . It's good that it can get some use. What is the issue with the A&A plow - just wearing out?
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby jgallaway81 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:19 pm

Joe, the current A&A plow was originally built as a wood plow in the 1800's by the Russel Snow Plow company and rebuilt with steel later on.
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby joesbag » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:06 am

Yep, I'm familiar withthe history of the A&A plow. Just wondering why the switch was made this season. Guess the WNYRHS folks were amenable to a lease which is good for both the A&A and them. Hope it works out. Also hope the old A&A plow is able to be kept on the property.
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby howie729 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:46 pm

I was told the switch was made because at the end of last year the they where told they couldn't use the old plow. There is a major problem with one of the trucks. We have hardly needed a plow around here. I think I have plowed my driveway 7 times this winter. With all the traffic to NJ I imagine the line stays pretty clear.
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby Pete D » Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:02 pm

Considering the history and age of the old plow, are there plans to preserve it and set it out so we can see it ?
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby thebigham » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:58 pm

I've been told it's snowing heavily in WNY. Sounds like a plow train is inevitable.
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby howie729 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:34 pm

It's supposed to snow hard tonight. As of right now we have a good Inch. I'll believe the storm when I see it.
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Re: Snow Plow

Postby thebigham » Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:05 pm

I heard the new plow was used on Monday.
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