The title of this photograph is “O&W Snow Plow #3” and shows a snow plow attached to a train and is clearing snow from the tracks in New York sometime in 1880. A man stands on top and the plow is directly in front of the engine. While the photo description states that the photograph was taken at an unknown station, it was probably taken somewhere along the New York, Ontario and Western Railway. That particular railway had “OW” as it’s mark. The railway started in 1868 and became incorporated in 1882. On March 29, 1857, after facing economic hardship, the New York, Ontario and Western Railway ran its last train. Everything was liquidated and it ceased to exist – it was the first notable railroad in the U.S. to be entirely abandoned.
Railroad Snow Plow, 1880
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