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Spreaders were originally invented for trackwork uses; which can include, but are not limited to: cutting and clearing drainage ditches, spreading ballast and removing sand blown over tracks. They later came to be used to remove snow, providing it is not too deep, and also on double track; to push accumulated snow onto a track so that a Rotary Snowplow can remove it.
Employee Timetables give the maximum speed for a Jordan Spreader as 25 MPH on main tracks, 20 MPH on branches moving backward and 35 MPH moving forward. Operational speed was approximately 5 to 8 MPH depending on depth of snow and other constraints...
(1999) -- #4030 and 4034 call(ed) Truckee, California home. They were both built in 1964, their superstructures are the same, but the blade assemblies are quite different. For several years (both) were hauled to Roseville for summer repairs and painting. The blades were repainted primer red and front "plows" were orange. Fortunately, the Roseville paint team never attempted a bastardized "Daylight" scheme. - Guy Wilbur
Overland Brass has made SP Jordan Spreaders in both HO and N Scale.
Roundhouse used to offer a Spreader kit, but it did not resemble anything remotely SP.
Walthers has a Jordan Spreader kit, but it also does not resemble anything remotely SP.
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