Re: Company Service Boxcar

Douglas Harding

Early rotary snowplows were steam powered and consumed lots of water as well as coal. They operated in extreme weather conditions, which was hard on man and machine. When something broke it was often in a location impossible to access. Water lines would freeze and break, requiring replacement parts and tools. Rotaries had to carry spare parts, etc. with them hence a supply car.


Doug  Harding


From: [] On Behalf Of Richard Townsend via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 12:02 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Company Service Boxcar


Here's a photo of the D&SL's rotary plow.

Richard Townsend

Lincoln City, OR


-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Chaparro <chiefbobbb@...>
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Sent: Mon, Feb 4, 2019 9:40 am
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Company Service Boxcar

This is a link to a photo from the Denver Public Library:

The company service boxcar is stenciled "Rotary & Water Service Material".

"Water Service" I think I understand, but what is "Rotary"?


Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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