One last winter blast (Part III)
Call out the plow
The skies were beginning to clear as OSR crews readied the plow at Salford. Stove lit, brakes, wings, and flanger blades inspected and tested, CP 401005, a 1927-vintage product of Angus shops was ready to do battle. Jack Hyde and Brad Jolliffe were in position in the cupola; engineer Nick Dionne at the throttle of OSR 378.
“OK on the plow,” Brad radioed to the engineer, and they were off.
I’ve been watching and photographing snowplows in action for better than 40 years and followed them for thousands of miles, but the thrill simply never wears thin. Indeed, the sight of the OSR plow tearing across the fields, slicing through crossings, and smashing through drift after drift in a fast-moving fury of flying snow, quite literally took my breath away.
It still does, and always will.