NH snow removal operations

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NH snow removal operations

Postby chnhrr » Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:56 pm

This relates to a topic I posted on the New York Central forum concerning snow removal methods. It appears that the New Haven only used plows and flangers. How do flangers work exactly?
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Re: NH snow removal operations

Postby edbear » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:43 pm

Didn't the New Haven have some snow melters, mid-1950s, which utilized the 3 2-8-2s that were kept for a few years after the end of all steam train operations. The steam engine provided fresh steam to melt snow which was liquified in an open top car and periodically the car was pushed to a river bridge and the melted snow drained. After the big storm in March, 1956 one of these units was operating in Providence and there are photos of it that show up now and then.
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Re: NH snow removal operations

Postby Backshophoss » Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:36 am

Flangers removed the snow between the rails,the blades were raised at grade crossings,switches,
and other items between the rails. There was flanger signals along the ROW to prompt the
flanger operator where to raise/lower the blade.
When done,there would be only, 2-3 inches of snow between the rails
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