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How do they plow the snow off of railroad tracks?

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There's actually some pretty neat machines that they can use to clear the snow off the tracks. The two that I know of are essentially a giant snow blower, and a giant heat gun. Personally, I've only seen the heat gun one. read more

Snow on the tracks between stations is cleared with plows and snow blowers. The switches are cleared with shovels and brooms. Here's a video how Rhaetian Railway removed snow from the tracks at the Bernina Pass afterr heavy snowfall. read more

Second most common: Go out there with some sort of a plow. There's a gadget called a ballast regulator that's made for plowing the stone ballast around, needless to say it works GREAT on snow. Third most common: big wedge plows, sometimes with wings on the side to plow the snow farther out. read more

When I worked for Maine DOT I plowed over two crossing. I the angle of the tracks was different from the angle of the plow so the plow and wing would slide right over to rails smoothly. I now work for a railroad and they have a specific engine that is just a big V plow and that's what they use to plow the tracks with. read more

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