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Scranton in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Claremont & Concord Snow Plow #60

 
 
Claremont & Concord Snow Plow #60 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
1. Claremont & Concord Snow Plow #60 Marker
The photo is of DL&W snow plow #99260.
Inscription. Coupled in front of the locomotive, this type of wedge-shaped plow simply pushed snow to the side. Because of their reliance on a locomotive's momentum, plows were often operated at high speeds - a practice fraught with danger. Nonetheless, snow removal was slow work; plows often retreated to sidings to allow passenger and freight trains to pass. The Boston & Maine Railroad shops built Snow Plow #60 before 1910.

In a snowstorm, "the engineers and the firemen, the conductors and the brakemen, the operators, train dispatchers, foremen and superintendents all have multiplied toil and exposure. The warfare between these men and the elements is worthy of being understood. It is warfare wherein brain and muscle are arrayed against cold, darkness and avalanches, against death in a thousand forms."
 
Erected by Steamtown Nataionl Historic Site - National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 24.462′ N, 75° 40.253′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker can be reached from Mechanic Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located on an overlook of the rail yard on the roundhouse at Steamtown National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Scranton PA 18503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Markers on the Overlook of the Rail Yard image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
2. Markers on the Overlook of the Rail Yard
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. DL&W Coal Hoppers (here, next to this marker); Long Island Railroad #193 Rotary Snow Plow (here, next to this marker); New Haven Trap Rock Company #43 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1902 Roundhouse Office (within shouting distance of this marker); E.J. Lavino & Company #3 (within shouting distance of this marker); Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker); 1902 Roundhouse Section (within shouting distance of this marker); Tank Car (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Scranton.
 
Also see . . .  Claremont & Concord Snow Plow #60. (PDF) Additional details and a photo of the plow from the Park Service site. (Submitted on June 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Coudersport & Port Allegany Snowplow image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 19, 2008
3. Coudersport & Port Allegany Snowplow
A snowplow car, similar to that described on the marker, is on display at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. This example was made around 1890 and served until 1945.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 793 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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