"I was looking at the Athearn Rotary plow on line and would like to
know if any one has added power to this and what problems they had?
I think it looks funny to have to have an engine behind the oil
But that's how they ran them.
I'm sure you could mount it on an Athearn chassis but prototypically
speaking I don't think there were any Leslie type rotaries that were
I know UP had rotaries that had a diesel inside for the auger but I'm
not sure if it produced power for traction motors in the trucks.
Most snowplows weren't self powered and some didn't evn have power to turn
the wheel, getting their power from the loco. Having a tender indicates a
boiler on the plow. As a result, having a loco behind the plow is actually
Bucking plows often had several locos when the snows got anywhere near heavy
Why do penguins walk so far to get to their nesting grounds?
| Most snowplows weren't self powered and some didn't evn have power to turn
| the wheel, getting their power from the loco. Having a tender indicates a
| boiler on the plow. As a result, having a loco behind the plow is
| quite normal.
| Bucking plows often had several locos when the snows got anywhere near
A little late jumping in on this. The new Athearn version has a direct
drive motor on the blade. No more rubber bands. There is an electronic
board supplying a constant voltage so the rotation appears plausible.
Alaska piled on the locomotives. In steam days 4 or more were not unusual.
This plow was converted to electricity in the '60's. It was coupled/MU'd to
an eff B which supplied the electricity. The B had it's traction motors
disconnected for snow season. However many diesels were necessary were
coupled up and off they went. The plow survived in use long enough to get
the blue and yellow in the '80's. Now ARR uses bulldozers and spreaders to
clear snow. They still use the artillery piece for avalanches.
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