Snowplows are a crucial piece of BNSF’s Winter Action Plans to keep trains moving and protect employee safety. Snowplow season generally starts during November, and in some higher-altitude or more northern sections of our network, can last into April.

BNSF’s Jordan Spreaders, Russell snowplows or “Fliers,” and rotary snowplows have been hard at work all winter to keep trains moving. These metal titans can sweep through snow and ice, and larger ones can eat away at fallen trees and debris. With such enormous power, only the most adept can handle them.

Learn more about what it takes to operate these mammoth machines and win winter here.

An engine plowing through a mound of snow