I originally posted information about Antique Powerland on my website in a PLACES page on November 23, 2007 and last updated it on December 18, 2009. I am posting the railroad-related information here, with pictures and information from the 2010 Great Oregon Steam-Up. All of my information about Antique Powerland can be found at PlacesPages.
This piece of railroad equipment is a ditcher-spreader called a Jordan Spreader. It is used to clear the track for snow and debris, spread ballast and shape the land along the tracks to create drainage ditches. In addition to the large blade in the front, the wings on the side extend outward, allowing the spreader to clear an area much wider than that of a single track. A Jordan Spreader has no means of propulsion of its own, and must be pushed by a locomotive. The Jordan Spreader was invented in 1900 by Oswald F. Jordan, roadmaster of the New York Central's Canada Southern Railway in Ontario. Jordan formed his own company, the O. F. Jordan Company of East Chicago, Indiana in 1905 to build his invention. Today, the company is part of Harsco Track Technologies.
This Jordan Spreader was built in March 1925 as serial number 582 and ended up serving the Southern Pacific Railroad as #4057. It is 38 feet long, 14 feet high, 10 and a half feet wide and weighs 137,600 pounds. Its last assignment for the Southern Pacific was working out if Ashland, Oregon on the Siskiyou Route, until it was retired and donated to the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. It currently carries the reporting marks of the Willamette and Pacific Railroad, as it was on loan to them for a time. It's last use was to clear debris from the Portland & Western Railroad's Astoria Line in 1999.