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Interesting Snow Plowing Films from the late 1930s, with Walter Snow Fighter trucks

This silent two part film (the second follows below), like many discoveries was made while searching for something else. It is an amazing twelve plus minute film, documenting the use of  a Walter four-wheel-drive “Snow Fighter” in the winter during the mid 1930s.

The film was shot, probably in Oneida County, New York, an area known for heavy lake – affects winter snow. The location is usually referred to as Tug Hill, but actually is the Tug Hill Plateau and is located between Lake Ontario and the Adirondack Mountains.

A 1932 Walter Snow Fighter Model FSB is shown (above) in a catalog illustration.

Contained is some amazing footage shot after about a five foot snow storm. You will watch as the Walter Snow Fighter driver has to bash his way, one hit at a time through some very deep drifts of up to six to eight feet deep.

The film shows how much times have changed since the days of much heavier snow falls. It also shows you some priceless footage including the locals riding in the bed of the truck for a thrill and possibly to add weight, along with many spectators.

You can also learn more about the the early pre war Walter Trucks at coachbuilt.com.

8 responses to “Interesting Snow Plowing Films from the late 1930s, with Walter Snow Fighter trucks

  1. Oh man, that plowing style must have been really rough on both the equipment AND the operator. It looks like some of those drifts might even challenge a Linn half track. And that stuff ain’t the skier’s favorite perfect powder, either. In some of the scenes you can see the thick layer of icy crust on top of the snow. That’s some heavy stuff!

    And as you probably know, David, the Tug Hill Plateau can still be counted on to provide some of the coldest temperature readings and highest snowfall amounts in the entire region. Thanx for the “cool” vid.

      • Yeah, that’s pretty nippy. Makes this morning’s temp seem downright tropical by comparison. Must have been a chore to get that old beast to start in those condition. Watching these vids reminded me of the old all wheel drive International KB that we had here in town long ago with an enormous snow blower mounted on it that eventually ended up at Ralph’s. Must have been way easier to deal with the big snow drifts with it, I’m sure, but MUCH higher maintenance than a simple V-plow.

    • Andy, Thanks that is a great one also, I initially posted it but found the other two later that are clearer.
      I think they are some how all filmed at about the same time. Very interesting!!

  2. How long were Walter Snow FIghters built?

    There were a bunch in service around central New York in the early ’70s, whose drivers seemed to take pleasure in how far they could send mailboxes flying when they plowed out our street!

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