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Re: Plowing Switchbacks

December 05, 2004 12:42PM
Jim/SV I was thinking perhaps if they plowed from Austin (and I see you confirm there was a loop at Austin...I was going to ask you about that the first chance I got) that they could have plowed west from Austin to Dixie and down to the first switchback and out to the end of the tail track. Then assuming snow hadn't drifted in behind them, they could back up to the Dixie wye, which I guess they would have to have cleared one leg of by hand? and turn the plow and enigne(s) and back down to the first switchback and out onto the first tail track, then proceed forward to plow the section of track between the switchbacks, then return to Dixie and turn on the wye again. Then proceed forward to the first tail track, back down through the intermediate track, back out onto the 2nd tail track that they had previously plowed then proceed forward to Prarrie. I'd guess it is only 1/2 a mile or so between where the wye was and the first switchback, does that sound about right? Too bad were are 20 or 30 years to late to ask one of the people who were there how they did it.
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