FEATURED "PIC OF THE DAY" SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
We're along Cochrane Shops' Rip tracks September 5th where we're able to catch a rare front view of two pieces of snow fighting equipment that are still earning their keep along the Ontario Northland. On the left, after being hauled out of a storage track in the North Yard that it considered home for a couple of years, Jordan spreader 528 has been hauled to the Rip with the plan for the spreader to eventually be used to spread ballast rock on the Pagwa Sub at Hearst once deemed good-to-go. Believe it or not, the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario purchased the 528 new in 1945. On the right, also still in active service when the cold winter blows is plow 560, originally built in 1949 by National Steel Car. The plow is in it's usual off-season resting spot on Rip 2. Although both of these pieces of equipment have seen many updates and changes since their 1940's introductions to railway work, it's quite amazing to realize that after almost 70 years of service, these classics are still depended on to keep the railway running.