December 1963 saw cold and snow. December 28th started at 3 degrees. By evening the temperature was in the teens but winds over 20 mph made it feel like below zero. On the report of a snowplow parked at Stonewood Avenue on the B&O, a couple diehard railfans hiked a mile or more down there from Barnards about 8PM, only to find out it was a weedburner the B&O had operated along the Belt Line to melt snow and ice from the switches. Maybe not quite as cool as a plow, but today it's a much rarer, or even extinct, piece of equipment, while plows can still be found.