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TOPIC: Modern snow ploughs

Modern snow ploughs 15 Jan 2019 14:39 #198147

  • Roderick Smith
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We have a great thread on road snowploughs 1920-40 elsewhere.
Here is a condensation of a Jan.2019 report on heavy snowfalls paralysing Europe, resulting in deaths.


Sydney schoolboy killed in avalanche in Austria. 11 January 2019, 17 comments.
...an avalanche struck in St Anton am Arlberg (Austria) on Wednesday afternoon...Max's death occurred as once-in-a-generation heavy snowfall continues to paralyse travel and tourism in parts of the Alps. Heavy snowfall continued on Thursday in parts of Austria and southern Germany, with several places cut off and the bad weather expected to persist.
Large parts of southern Germany and Austria have been paralysed by heavy snow. Credit: AP.
In neighbouring Slovakia, a man was killed by an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains. That brought to at least 16 the number of weather-related deaths reported in Europe over the past week.
Snow was causing problems in other parts of Europe, even in Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago.
Several railway lines in the Alps were closed because of the snow; trucks and cars got stuck for hours on a highway in south-western Germany...Roads into several places were closed - although Galtuer in western Austria, where a massive avalanche in 1999 killed 31 people, was reachable again on Thursday after being cut off.
A snow plough cleans a street in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany. Credit: AP.
...the weather was expected to calm on Friday but further heavy snow could be expected on Sunday.
< www.smh.com.au/world/europe/16-year-old-...20190111-p50qpu.html > snow blocks trains too.
* The snow condition here in Bavaria is really bad. I am from Australia and touring Southern Bavaria at the moment after spending weeks in Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary. We had a bus accident on the way to Neushwanstein Castle yesterday because of bad weather conditions affecting visibility. We therefore cancelled our Ski trip to Kitzb├╝hel. It has been snowing nonstop for the last 5 days here.
* It's not that surprising. St Anton is notorious for avalanches and there is rarely a year without a death. I lived for a season there a few years back and recall an Australian couple also losing their life to an avalanche then. That time was the back side of Rendl - a part of the mountain that even locals refuse to ski. This time however was down from Gampen, which is a relatively safe part of the mountain. The snow must be extremely heavy to cause such a deadly avalanche on this side of the mountain.


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