Rotary Snow Plough

From information signboard:

Rotary snow-plough Xrot m No 100 Rotary Gotthard Railway GB 1895

The snow-plough body contains the boiler and a twin-cylinder steam engine driving the bucket wheel, which is nearly 3 metres in diameter.  The cutting blades were adjustable to cope with the varying hardness of the drifts.  The jet of snow that was hurled away could be directed as far as 90 m sideways and up to 18 m in height.  This patent was developed by Leslie Brothers for the Rocky Mountains in North America, and was superior to competitive products available there.

15 Comments CherryPie on Dec 9th 2013

15 Responses to “Swiss Transport Museum – Rotary Snow Plough”

  1. Natalie says:

    What a beautiful old train, and that plough is fascinating! I need one for our laneway. :)

  2. I grew up in a railroad family and never seen anything like that.

    Coffee is on

  3. Astrid says:

    I think this will give a grand sight when this snowplough is doing its job :) I never saw a thing like this, what a great design :)

  4. james higham says:

    Wouldn’t want to be caught in that thing.

  5. Wow, I have never seen anything like this before!
    Like a time machine.

  6. Ayush says:

    must have been a brute of a steam engine. i like the bull head up there.

  7. Barbara says:

    What an interesting snow plow.

  8. Barbara says:

    I meant plough!!