MOW Quiz

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by DanRaitz, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. DanRaitz

    DanRaitz Member

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    OK Fellow Gaugers,

    What is the purpose of this beast?
    I know, who else does?

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  2. Greg Elems

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    Isn't that one of the beasts from Tremmors? :D :confused: :D

    Nice shot, have you seen one in action? I haven't, but heard that they are loud.

    Greg Elems
  3. TR-Flyer

    TR-Flyer Member

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    Greg,
    I'm pretty sure i saw that one in Matrix 3.
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I'm guessing that's a propane torch in the front for melting ice (?)
    Ralph
  5. Bill Stone

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    It's a weed burner isn't it?

    BillS
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    It's PennCentral's jet-propelled section car.
  7. Russ Bellinis

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    I don't know, but I bet they never needed one of those in So. Calif.
  8. Dave Flinn

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    I like some of those answers; but, all kidding aside, I believe the beast is an ice melter using a jet engine. I've read about them but never seen one until now.
  9. railohio

    railohio Active Member

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    Dunno who's that is, but I know Conrail had a bunch of them. I remember an article from TRAINS about their use in the Buffalo area a few years ago. I saw one in use in Stanley Yard near Toledo. Quite a sight.
  10. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    why, of course, it's a steam engine........you turn the jet engine on....and it makes lots of steam, out of all that snow and ice! :D ;) :D ;) :D
  11. Goattee

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    When we were in St.Johns at the CN shop in 99 they were getting this thing ready. It is for blowing snow off the switches without melting it they said.


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  12. fifer

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    Snow/Ballast Blower

    They NYC tried this years ago.
    Mike

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  13. ceebeenq

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    that thing

    About a month ago I was at the BNSF yard in Galesburg IL and they were using a similar machine to blow out switches. (lots of snow and ice, about 10 degrees at the time)
    Sounded like a small jet. Seemed to be purely high speed air, no heat involved- I guess. ** VERY loud **
    had never seen one before.
    . The one I saw looked more like the CN machine posted in this thread.
    Way cool
    :thumb:
    cbnq
  14. Flangehead

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    It's the world largest felt tip pen.