Union Pacific #900081, Rotary Snowplow, Museum of Transportation, St Louis, Missouri

Rotary Snowplow

The world's largest railroad rotary snowplow has a 12 foot cutting wheel, with all of its 3,000 horsepower used to turn it at 150 rpm.


Owner: Museum of Transport, St Louis, MO

History: UP 900081

Builder: UP Omaha Shops, 1966, no serial #

Power: Diesel, 3000 hp (built as diesel)

Status: Display (retired & donated 1994)



Museum of Transportation, St Louis, Missouri



  • Cornelius Koelewijn 8y

    Cindy, that's one of the most famous pictures O. Winston Link ever made. I've got a print (3 x 4 feet) hanging on my living room wall.
    Link wanted all modes of transportation in one picture. He carefully composed a "painting" of the train, plane and car. The Buick in front is his own car. The boy and girl are his niece with her boyfriend. If you look closely, you can see the lights and wiring next to the railroad to illuminate the steam engine.
    There are some nice books with most of his pictures. I'd recommend "Steam, steel and stars".
  • Kirk Carter 8y

    Link planned his photos very carefully, sometimes visiting the scene several times before he finished calculating the number of flash bulbs to use for each direction. He only got one chance to make a photo per night. It wasn't timing at all, beyond making sure the flashes went off as the train hit it's desired position. It was more like setting up a scene for a movie.
  • Cindy シンデイー 8y

    That's a lot of planning, well worth it. It is quite an impressive photo.

    Thank you cklx, and than you Kirk in Orbit for your comments and information.

    I would recommend visiting the Museum of Transportation to both of you, and anyone who enjoys classic trains. If you are in the St Louis Area. Many of the trains you can go through. Admission is very reasonable $2 kids/seniors and $4 adults. I hope I don't sound like an ad. I enjoyed it as a kid and have enjoyed taking my kids there.

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  • Matthew Brown 8y

    I like this one. I find it interesting, though, that the Southern Pacific's ancient, originally steam-driven rotaries are still in use. These days they're electrically powered, and driven by old EMD F-unit boosters converted into 'snails' - they don't have traction motors, they just provide juice for others.
  • Cindy シンデイー 8y

    thanks everyone for your comments

  • ALOFBRID ( 500,000 HITS thank you !! ) 8y

    I saw one of these in Skagway, Alaska last year. The body was red and the nose black.
  • Anthony Dihle 7y

    Dude. That's some sci-fi lookin stuff there.
  • guildhall kirky 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called I love museums, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • ~ Sunshinelady ~ 7y

    Beautiful capture seen in I love museums

  • Yonatan H 7y

    Very impressive picture. look's like an old spaceship
  • Olean 7y

    You are invited to join and submit this photo to Transportation Of The World! Hope to see this photo there! Good work!

  • Gustavo Kunst 7y

    beautifull image!
  • lungstruck 6y

    Very interesting machine, never seen anything like it before.
  • Wampa-One 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Museum of Transportation, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Nick Benson 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Railroad Snow Fighting Equipment, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • PublicServiceEquipmentFan 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Snow Plows and Snow Removal Equipment, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • zamboni-man 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Snow Plows, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Shinya 5y

    I saw a model of this snowplow at a modelshop in Ginza, Tokyo.
  • macabucha 4y

    dang, i never done seen one of those. niiiice.
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