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On February 21'st I had a hunch this was the best chance for some action, not knowing how bad it truly was I  decided to go straight to the OSR shops for 0800 with a friend from work. We were initially dismayed, no plow, just a Tillsonburg (0800), A St Thomas (0830), and a Woodstock (1000) job on the order board. While the crews were getting ready I pointed out to Brad (OSR President) the mounds of snow in the Salford cut and we both went to have a look. The snow was concerning though, because you could walk right on top of it all it was hard as a rock and a few feet high. Uncertain if units would make it through or derail, Brad decided they had to do something about it, but with the plow facing the wrong way they had to dig it out. Digging out using the front end loader they had was going slowly, so they called in Nethercott to dig it out with bigger equipment. Also, by now it's 0900 and nothing has moved, and reports were coming in from a track foreman that snow was heavy on spots, so they decided to get a foreman to come in from time off to run the plow, and bring out the F units to do the work. OSR plowed south to Tillsonburg while Nethercott dug out Salford. There were a few good drifts on the Port Burwell, but the St. Thomas sub had much more snow and pictured is what was the worst of it at Gladstone. This drift really shows off what the plow can do. A front end loader would have taken all day to dig this out and OSR's plow had it done in about 30 seconds. And the snow's flying over 25 feet in the air in the picture... watch your back as they get closer, that stuff's heavy and it'll take you down if you're in the path :) Taken at 300mm at a very safe distance. I've been here before  and so have many others. Here's hoping for a good winter this year!
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Caption: On February 21'st I had a hunch this was the best chance for some action, not knowing how bad it truly was I decided to go straight to the OSR shops for 0800 with a friend from work. We were initially dismayed, no plow, just a Tillsonburg (0800), A St Thomas (0830), and a Woodstock (1000) job on the order board. While the crews were getting ready I pointed out to Brad (OSR President) the mounds of snow in the Salford cut and we both went to have a look. The snow was concerning though, because you could walk right on top of it all it was hard as a rock and a few feet high. Uncertain if units would make it through or derail, Brad decided they had to do something about it, but with the plow facing the wrong way they had to dig it out. Digging out using the front end loader they had was going slowly, so they called in Nethercott to dig it out with bigger equipment. Also, by now it's 0900 and nothing has moved, and reports were coming in from a track foreman that snow was heavy on spots, so they decided to get a foreman to come in from time off to run the plow, and bring out the F units to do the work. OSR plowed south to Tillsonburg while Nethercott dug out Salford. There were a few good drifts on the Port Burwell, but the St. Thomas sub had much more snow and pictured is what was the worst of it at Gladstone. This drift really shows off what the plow can do. A front end loader would have taken all day to dig this out and OSR's plow had it done in about 30 seconds. And the snow's flying over 25 feet in the air in the picture... watch your back as they get closer, that stuff's heavy and it'll take you down if you're in the path :) Taken at 300mm at a very safe distance. I've been here before and so have many others. Here's hoping for a good winter this year!

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [1375] (more) (contact)
Date: 2/21/2022 (search)
Railway: Ontario Southland (search)
Reporting Marks: OSR 401005,6508,1401 (search)
Train Symbol: Plow Extra (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Gladstone (search)
City/Town: Gladstone (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Oh wow! Neat!!

    Yawn

  2. Yikes! And where did SH duck to ?
    sdfourty

  3. Exit stage right.

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