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    Greetings,

    For the heck of it, I decided to put together a list of the remaining BN rotary snow plows. From what I've gathered, it appears this is what remains of them. I've listed the number and their base. Does this look correct? Did I miss any?

    BN 972551 (Dilworth, MN)
    BN 972552 (Glendive, MT)
    BN 972554 (Glendive, MT)
    BN 972555 (Havre? Whitefish?)
    BN 972558 (Lincoln, NE)
    BN 972559 (Alliance, NE)
    BN 972561 (Washington?)

    Also, does anyone know if BN 972560 still exists? It was one of BN's more unique plows in that it had its own EMD 567 engine for power. I can't find any recent photos of it on the internet, and from what I know it was last used back in the winter of 1996/1997. It seems to have fallen off the radar after that.

    While we're on the subject, what is the official status of the one and only Santa Fe rotary, 199361? It looks like its still parked down in Topeka. Is it still operational?


    Thanks for any input!
    Aaron B.
    Elk River, MN
    MP 38.6 Staples Sub

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    972561 is at Wenatchee, WA, and has been since last summer. Here is a photo of it 2 days ago on the 18th.
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    Dan
    Professional Big Bend Ferroequinarcheologist

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    199361 is still parked in Topeka and is operational according to a friend in the shops but that was years ago but is retired. It can be seen from the road at the north of the shop yard.

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    Dan, Rees, thanks for the responses, much appreciated.


    Quote Originally Posted by SDP45 View Post
    972561 is at Wenatchee, WA, and has been since last summer. Here is a photo of it 2 days ago on the 18th.

    Wow, those sure look sharp! Thanks for sharing.
    Aaron B.
    Elk River, MN
    MP 38.6 Staples Sub

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    972577 was last I knew in Westwood CA.
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    The only video I have found (short search and a friend's vid):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=KCqEBdjaXpM

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    That's pretty cool! I have never researched the rotaries and thought there was only one or two out there. I didn't realize there was so many. Also surprising that there is old F unit boosters on the BNSF. I have been rail fanning my whole life and never seen a rotary in action. Maybe one day.

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    Saturday (3/3/12) I found this piece of snow fighting equipment in Wenatchee while my son and I were in town for the Special Olympics annual Winter Games. It is obviously not a rotary snowplow, perhaps a Jordan spreader?

    It appears to be parked in the same place where the OP photographed the rotary plow last year: a stub track track behind the BNSF employees' parking lot next to the office
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    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    Saturday (3/3/12) I found this piece of snow fighting equipment in Wenatchee while my son and I were in town for the Special Olympics annual Winter Games. It is obviously not a rotary snowplow, perhaps a Jordan spreader?

    It appears to be parked in the same place where the OP photographed the rotary plow last year: a stub track track behind the BNSF employees' parking lot next to the office
    Interesting, I've never seen a dozer painted BN green. They are all painted mineral red in Sioux City, IA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    Saturday (3/3/12) I found this piece of snow fighting equipment in Wenatchee while my son and I were in town for the Special Olympics annual Winter Games. It is obviously not a rotary snowplow, perhaps a Jordan spreader?

    It appears to be parked in the same place where the OP photographed the rotary plow last year: a stub track track behind the BNSF employees' parking lot next to the office
    That's one of the ex-GN snow dozers; they're similar in concept to Jordan spreaders, except that they are designed and used exclusively for snowfighting and aren't meant to be used for ditching or ballast spreading (at least not very well, anyway).
    Michael Swanson

    Getting sick and tired of all the grasshoppers...

    ...and still working on ATSF 2926: New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society (NMSL&RHS)

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