Union Pacific Railroad Stereograph View, "Digging Out a Train from a Snow Drift," circa 1875

Summary

For a railroad, heavy snowdrifts were more than mere inconveniences. When snow blocked the track, trains didn't run and money was lost. If a passenger train got stuck in a blizzard, the situation could turn deadly. Ideally, the track could be cleared with a large plow pushed by a locomotive. In some cases, though, hand shoveling was the only option.

For a railroad, heavy snowdrifts were more than mere inconveniences. When snow blocked the track, trains didn't run and money was lost. If a passenger train got stuck in a blizzard, the situation could turn deadly. Ideally, the track could be cleared with a large plow pushed by a locomotive. In some cases, though, hand shoveling was the only option.

Artifact

Stereograph

Date Made

circa 1875

Collection Title

Seymour Dunbar Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

82.129.658

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Albumen process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)
Green

Dimensions

Length: 3.375 in

Width: 6.938 in

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