Hi Guys! I'm working on getting photo's on our web site this weekend of both the Rotary Plow and the Flanger. Both are now in Hamburg locked up but we've got to get some glass protection on both. You know kids
Below is a little history about the Rotary.
Built by the Cooke Locomotive and Machine Works of Patterson, NJ in January 1889 as builder's number 28 for the Rome Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad. Original Number not yet known. This Leslie Rotary plow fought the heavy lake effect snows along the shores of Lake Ontario from Lewiston to Watertown.
The New York Central & Hudson River acquired the RW&O in 1891 and the plow was renumbered as X-659, later NYC X-659, PC 60021 and CR 64599. The plow weighs in at 79 tons. Originally steam powered, the plow was converted to electric in 1951. Four large EMD traction motors power the large rotating fan blades. The plow was used extensively during Buffalo's Blizzard of '77 and was last used during the winter of 93-94
The Plow is fully operational and still retains its original Fox plate trucks, although the axles were converted to roller bearings. It is the oldest Standard Gauge Rotary plow in existence east of the Mississippi.
The WNYRHS acquired the plow from CSX Transportation in November 2003 and the plow and flanger are currently stored in Hamburg.
CR 64569 (PC 60079) was built by the Russell Snow Plow Company of Ridgeway, PA for the New York Central System in November, 1948. It weighs 89,000 lbs.
The Flanger that was cut up could not be moved by even the scrapper! He had to cut it up in place by CSX orders.
Sincerely, Scott H.
Western New York Railway Historical Society