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Joined: Jul 30, 2011
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posted on Dec 2, 2011 06:07 PM:
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B&O snow flanger 43 was built from an M-8 class box car of 1898 in the 1930s. It was burned by vandals at M&K Junction in West Virginia in 1996, just 2 years short of its 100th year and before it could be moved to the B&O Museum in Baltimore for preservation.
Snow flangers were pushed ahead of a locomotive to clear snow and ice slightly below the railhead. An operator used air pressure to raise and lower the plow in order to clear switches and grade crossings.
A steam line from the pushing locomotive was used to keep the flanger mechanism from freezing up.

The model was re-built from a kit built 1950 Train Craft tool box car in 1995. B&O diagrams and plans were used for the body modifications and scratch-built brass plow. The model has a working headlight, brake details and a detailed interior.



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posted on Dec 16, 2011 10:21 PM:
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Another great model of yours! I enjoy seeing your posted work.


David S
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posted on Jan 20, 2012 03:32 PM:
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Is it still at the B&O Museum?


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posted on Jan 20, 2012 05:41 PM:
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Sadly, the SF 43 snow flanger never got to the B&O Museum. It was burned by vandals in 1996 before it could be stablized enough for loading its body on a flat car for the trip. It was the last of several similar snow flangers the B&O used. The model shows how it looked in the 1950s.
Ed Bommer


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