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 called a flanger. It is used to clear snow and ice from between the rails, using two large funnel-shaped blades mounted under the frame, one for each side. The blades can be raised and lowered individually as needed from inside the cab. The flags on the roof indicate the position of the blades to others. Like a snow plow, a flanger has no way of propelling itself and must be pulled or pushed by a locomotive, and it can only be used in one direction; the entire car must be turned on a turntable or wye to clear snow in the other direction. Flangers are typically used in conjunction with snow plows or Jordan Spreaders, following directly behind to pick up what the larger equipment cannot reach between the rails. This flanger was built by the Southern Pacific Railroad as #328, most likely in their Sacramento, California freight car shop. It was completed on November 6, 1945. It is 37.5 feet long and weighs 44,000 pounds. It was retired in 1981 and donated to the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. It may be the last wood-bodied flanger in existence.
Flanger #328 is currently under restoration; in 2007 the wooden cab was in white primer and the metal components were in red primer.
By the 2008 Great Oregon Steam Up, the wooden cab had been painted in its original bright orange color with correct Southern Pacific lettering.
By the 2010 Great Oregon Steam-Up new windows had been installed. With these windows the flanger looked quite good.
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