Canadian National Wedge Plow In Action
Two CN power units blast snow in Central Illinois!
This scene plays out each time a major storm dumps snow. Wedge plows are used when the snow is fresh and powdery and are extremely fun to watch!
The weighted down sled plow is being pushed by 2 diesel locomotives, and have been known to cause derailments which makes this hazardous work for the crews.
Some Wedge Plow characteristics:
- Plows snow on a smooth surface much like the bow of a boat
- The plow has a special horizontal wedge to lift the snow above the level of snow accumulation
- Cuts ice from the tracks
- Front plow clears in “V” formation and clears snow horizontally
- Made of heavy construction with low center of gravity
Most spreaders and sleds are pushed by one or multiple locomotives to achieve high traction and speed for max plowing effectiveness.
Let us know if you have ever seen one of these plows in action. We would love to hear about your experience!