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I saw a train of these in Quebec and then an identical train in Montreal, doing on an airport what tugs and icebreakers do on the nearby rivers.

Any ideas on the manufacturer?  I guessed Bombardier . . .

This photo I took last summer in upstate NY near the snowiest town in the state, but this is for clearing roads and streets, not airports.

The one above is an Oshkosh, so how about this one?

Here’s the answer.  I’d have guessed Oshkosh, which started up in 1917, but Klauer made it.  

So the two photos at the top of the post are Oshkosh Extreme Runway System units aka XRS.  For Canadian airports these seem the right stuff.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who occasionally slurs his title to truckster.

For some other Oshkosh snow machines and much more, click here. Then scroll.   And more, here.

 

Here’s the reference map;  leg 9 took us into Cleveland, where Federal Maas is in port.

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William C. Gaynor was anchored on the west side of the Cuyahoga.

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Eagle pushed a deck barge outbound.

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A small boat analyzed the river, and

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Iowa went by light.

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A visit to William G. Mather was compulsory, of course.

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I noticed where her anchor was cast.

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And finally, Iowa towed in Alberta-registered Sea Eagle II moving St. Mary’s Cement II.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has since moved on to leg 10.

 

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