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Photograph of a rotary snowplow clearing a path in the snow


Rotary snowplow, Banff, Alberta, 1910

Canada has more than its fair share of snow! No wonder the rotary snowplow was invented here.

Photograph of the Canadian Pacific Railway rotary snowplow showing the large fan on the front of the train


Canadian Pacific Railway rotary snowplow, Revelstoke, British Columbia, around 1928

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The Rotary Snowplow - A Canadian Invention!

Yeah Canada!

The first rotary snowplow was invented by Toronto dentist, J.W. Elliot, in 1869 but was never built. The first rotary snowplow to be manufactured was designed by a Canadian named Orange Jull and built by the Leslie Brothers. After testing in the winter of 1883-84, the brothers bought the manufacturing rights and went into business. The Leslie plows could handle heavy, deep snow. Over the years, other plows were manufactured by competitors.

Field Trip

A steam operated rotary snowplow can be seen at the Canadian Railway Museum in Delson/St-Constant, Quebec.


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