The Jordan Spreader is a combination spreader-ditcher that is, or was,
used on just about every railroad in North America. What it lacks in
beauty, it more than makes up for in its versatility. Various plows,
wings and blades are used to dig ditches, trim brush, build banks,
distribute gravel, and plow snow. The first ones were built in the
Over the years several models were designed and built including:
"Type A" series (introduced in 1923),
"Type J" series (introduced in 1955),
Roadmaster series (in production until the late 1960's).
The most recent was built in 2000 for snow plowing on
the Alaskan Railroad. Known as Jordan Spreader #9, it has
advanced electronic controls that allow the locomotive engineer
to control the locomotive from the Jordan Spreader cab. This
gives the engineer an upfront view and the ability to communicate
directly with the crew running the wings instead of via radio of the
situation. A pistol-grip joystick controls the raising and lowering of
the wings and also can be used to control throttle and brake.
Two locomotives, one facing forward and one facing
backward, shoving from the rear usually power Jordan Spreaders.
bnsf50 Trainz Assets
Recently bnsf50 has uploaded three assets of the "Type J" series to
the DLS: a Southern Pacific (kuid2:39134:100422:1) and CP Rail
(kuid2:39134:100422:1) with a front-end high plow for snow removal,
and a CP Rail (kuid2:39134:100428:2) without the front-end high plow,
used for build banks and distribute gravel.
The Type J has a high glassed-in cab at the front for optimum visibility
by the separate crew that operates the unpowered spreader.
Jordan Spreaders at work on the MBC 2010 Route
CP Rail Jordan Spreaders are pictured clearing snow in the Selkirk
Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. CP Rail 402960 can be seen
clearing snow at the eastern end of the Shaughnessy Viaduct
(also a bnsf50 asset kuid:39134:100397 and kuid:39134:100398).
CP Rail 402895 has just exited the eastern portal of the Macdonald Tunnel
(another bnsf50 asset kuid2:39134:100374:2 and kuid:39134:100376).
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