MORE SNOWPLOW MUSINGS
I do not have a better photo than the one you linked to showing the Gilpin Tram's snowplow #2. In fact, it really doesn't show up in photos anywhere else. I think the structure on top of the plow front was some heavy timber (they must have been braced somehow) to increase the plow front. Otherwise, as you pointed out, it was a pretty short plow and not good for plowing any deep drifts. The curved metal blade intrigued me, too - could it have been a cut-down section of a boiler plate?
I wonder what color the snowplow was? It seems a darker color, so I assume it was painted. Perhaps it was regular railroad red or black, or even Tiffany Reefer green !
There have been posts on the Modeling the Gilpin Tram Thread, Part 1, where other modelers have posted their snowplow models - Woodie Greene in 1:35n2 and Greg Hiley in Sn2 come to mind, and there may have been more. Those may be idea-starters for your model.
Whatever the snowplow was, it had to have been a huge improvement over the previous equipment - pushing the snow with the flat pilot on the shay locomotive, and hand-shoveling the rest!
Have some more to post here from that same trip. Most of what Dad did was Kodachrome- unfortunately some weren't. I have scanned over 20,000 slides and still have another 2000? or so to go. We covered much of the Western United States and Canada. I will get some of my Colorado and Southern section of my layout posted eventually- have a bit of work to get it fixed. We just moved to Virginia in September when I took a pastorate here and haven't worked too much on that area yet. Some portions took it bad- the top of my Argo tunnel loading chutes got smashed and I have to fix the trackwork. I have a section that I added onto the narrow gauge too that I haven't even started yet. I am also putting on a couple of ones of the Argo Tunnel from that same set of slides- not Gilpin but since they drained some of the mines on it- does it count?
Have some more photos of the Gilpin area- these were taken in 1972 but show a little more detail. The camper in a couple of the pictures was Dad and Mom's covered a lot of ground with that thing. I was curious I remember taking a mine tour in Central City this trip as a kid but can not remember much about which mine it was. Any ideas?
The pics were my dad, Weldon's, work. He was a prolific photographer. So far I have digitized over 20,000 slides and probably have 2-3000 to go.i have photos all over the west. The top one is of my Mom and me- was this a grade for the Gilpin? The one after looks like one of their retaining walls.