With heavy snows hitting the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the border between California and Nevada, these rotary snow plows were brought out to clear Donner Pass. The plows ejected the heavy snow with force, spraying it away from the rail tracks.
The Rotary Snow Plow AKA “The War Wagon”
Unbelievably, the basic rotary snow plow design was invented by a dentist from Toronto, Canada, back in 1869!
Rotary snow plow trains are usually configured a plow front and back so they can make their way back from their starting point should more snow fall after their initial plow through an area.
Rotary Snow Plow Trains Usually Have The Following:
Most of the rotary plows in the United States have been retired to museums due to the high cost of operating. However, one is still on call in California’s Donner Pass. This infamous area (known for the legendary Donner Party) has annual snowfall upwards of 450″ in a normal winter. The tracks are usually buried and they need this big cannon to effectively handle the drifts.