Snow Plowing New Haven Days

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Bill Reidy
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Joined: 01 Jun 2003, 07:22

13 Apr 2017, 02:15 #11

In recent years there have been two (ex?) MBTA snow plows on the Mass Coastal lines on/near the Cape.  The pair spent some time together 2-3 years ago on the siding at West Barnstable.
Beyond that, I don't know the status or heritage of the plows.  Does the MBTA or MassDOT still own the plows?  Mass Coastal does have a close business relationship with MassDOT and the MBTA, so it's possible ownership was transferred to MC.
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Kaseyj
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Joined: 11 Dec 2005, 09:46

13 Apr 2017, 16:21 #12

Bill,
There were photos of snow equipment in the following calenders: 2005, 2007 & 2016. Some might be in the collages or on the monthly pages.,

John
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Run 8
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Joined: 11 Dec 2013, 02:11

24 Apr 2017, 02:27 #13

I got a few pics of that snowplow at Wareham this afternoon, it was sandwiched inbetween some current-use MC trash cars.  The photos are distant and were taken through a closed chain link fence gate. A soon as I figure out how to get them out of the phone and onto this forum I will post them if member Vandibe is still interested. It didn't seem to have any visible reporting marks or other identification.
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Vandibe
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Joined: 20 Mar 2017, 21:57

25 Apr 2017, 21:45 #14

Still very interested! Thank you for making the effort. So I wasn't crazy afterall..

Don't know why I have such a fascination with them. Like most antiques, they are brutish and simplistic, yet still very efficient and useful (the T coulda used a few in the winter of 2015).

In digging around for history of the site, there used to be a frieght house (thus the name of the road) and steam engine maint/boiler clenaing shop there. Even found a rough diagram of the layout based on soil samples.
Eric Vandiver
Norwood, MA
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Run 8
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Joined: 11 Dec 2013, 02:11

25 Apr 2017, 23:00 #15

Contact me thru email - xrrman@comcast.net or text 508-776-6677 and I'll send the images along. Unfortunately the place was locked up for the weekend, and the photo angle was very limited. Feel free to post the images here, or share them with others. I don't have much luck attaching images on this site.

The plow itself looks to be rather short in length compared to others I've seen. Someone here should be able to identify it.
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Bill Reidy
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Joined: 01 Jun 2003, 07:22

25 Apr 2017, 23:58 #16

I did a little more digging and found a June 2nd, 2012 email from Carl Harrison of the Cape Cod Chapter, NRHS, that included a photo of two snow plows being removed from the West Barnstable siding on the Cape.  Reporting marks on one of the plows was MBA 2744.  Here is a link to a photo taken 13 months earlier showing MBTA plows 2744 and 2742 at Boston Engine Terminal in Somerville, MA:
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2534560

- Bill
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Run 8
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Joined: 11 Dec 2013, 02:11

26 Apr 2017, 02:08 #17

Bill, those plows look exactly like the one I photographed at Wareham Sunday. Again, the distance was just too great to make out numbers or lettering.
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jeten
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Joined: 16 May 2007, 00:54

03 May 2017, 16:43 #18

ImageI was in Wareham, MA, in late March. Along with my 13 year old son, we boldly marched along the trackside to the siding where the snowplow was parked. I managed to get a couple good pictures of one side of the plow. The other side was choked with woods, so I could not take a pic from there. Anyway, here is a photo of the snowplow in question.

John Ten Eyck
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Run 8
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11 Oct 2017, 21:19 #19

I'm a little late to the party with this one, but today I spotted other half of this pair (2742) sitting alone behind the trash train loading facility in South Yarmouth, Mass.
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Vandibe
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Joined: 20 Mar 2017, 21:57

11 Oct 2017, 22:09 #20

Sure enough...Just looked at GOOGLE Maps and there it sits, coupled to a flatcar or gondola. Yarmouth-Barnstable Regional Commercial Transfer Station, 50 Workshop Rd, South Yarmouth, MA.
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