Incredible Footage of a Speeding Trains Plowing Through Heavy Snow on the Tracks Like its Nothing

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Witness a train plow through built up snow on the train tracks. The power of a train as a physical object and make snow blowing seem like child’s play. So how does a train remove snow from the tracks? Unlike in your driveway, a train does not use a snow blower to remove snow from the tracks. Many trains use a plow to remove snow from the tracks. In fact, they work much better for trains then would a snow blower. While you and I might be stuck with a snow shovel or a snow blower, trains just use their might to push snow off of the tracks. There is, however, an odd type of snow plows for trains that use a huge fan literally as a snow blower. The train is likely using a small plow. Notice that this is not just a single engine but two engines working together to plow through several feet of snow.

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What is the Danger of Trains and Snow?

It may seem as though trains are impervious to snow. The reality is quite a bit different. While, in most cases, a train would just plow through snow, but remember that snow is not just powdery fluff. Cold weather also brings ice. On a slight grade with icy tracks, a train would likely be stalled. Also, depending on how the ice formed it could present a situation where once the train hit the ice, the train itself would be lifted off of the tracks where it would derail. A derailed train is a dangerous thing in many ways. Most tracks are shared by not just one railroad, but many railroads. A derailed train in high snow is just another accident waiting to happen.

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You’ll notice how high the snow flies when it is being removed by a train. Certain images there appeared as though waves were crashing over the bow of a ship. What that shows us that visibility is compromised. If you add into that snow that is falling, then visibility becomes questionable at best. The problem is that a train does not just stop. It might take a mile or more for a train to come to a complete stop, and that would not be enough time for two trains to avoid each other, and a crash would occur. So trains in snow can be dangerous.

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