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Not specific to NWP but if you have not already seen the show on KQED TV, this is a must see.  It is the story of the last outing of the Roseville based 1929 vintage SP/UP rotary snowplows on Donner Summit during the 2011 heavy snow storms.  It is a 60 minute show and it is wonderful including the sound of the plow's steam whistles plus the engine sounds of the F7's that provide the electrical power for the rotary blades.

Brought up the hair on the back of my neck.

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Comment by Bob Burns on February 25, 2014 at 4:47pm

Charter Cable won't carry KQED up here in So. Lake Tahoe, CA only the Reno KNPB station,  years ago they carried both. We are only "allowed" two California specific stations now KCRA out of Sacto and KTVU-Fox for news only in the AM and 10 PM. Is the program available on DVD? I have the older Pentrex (I think) DVD of SP-UP Rotaries in action as well as one of Rotaries on the Durango & Silverton. There was a Rotaty Plow at the Portola Museum.

Comment by Bob Cleek on February 14, 2014 at 11:59am

That was a fascinating show.  I had no idea that the rotary snow plows were such old equipment, nor that at the point they filmed the show, they hadn't been used in twelve or fifteen years.  I thought they'd have new stuff that they used regularly in the winter storms.  Ya learn something new every day.

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