Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Bombardier Snow Bus

Anyone remember these Bombardier snow
buses?  I believe they are the Model B12
version and I found them parked near a
compressor station northwest of the Great
Sand Hills in Saskatchewan.

In 1962 I started school in Midale,
Saskatchewan and can remember being
picked up by one of these a handful of
times during the winter.  The roads
weren't maintained like they are today
and in some cases there was only a road
allowance, no actual road. 

Getting picked up for school in a snow
bus was great excitement for a six year
old and added a little adventure to the
day.  Unfortunately...although these
machines seemed like a step in the right
direction to ease winter busing concerns
they were soon taken out of service after
the discovery of high levels of carbon
monoxide present inside the vehicles. 

That's a bit of a bummer in one way, but
in another, it meant we then had "snow
days."  That meant the town kids had to
go to school but the country kids got to
stay home...which of course met with
my total approval.

Photographed on July 31, 2017.

Saskatchewan, Great Sand Hills vehicles

Saskatchewan, Great Sand Hills vehicles

Saskatchewan, Great Sand Hills vehicles

Saskatchewan, Great Sand Hills vehicles

Saskatchewan, Great Sand Hills vehicles

4 comments:

  1. I remember we called them Bomb-a-deers. I didn't realize they were carbon monoxide hazards. Maybe that's because we only had to go 2 miles in them.

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    1. Ah yes, French with a prairie accent...lol. You'll notice the exhaust systems on those in the photos extends well away from the cab interior; the original exhausts were short and close to the back of the cab interior making our two mile trip not too hazardous.

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  2. Interesting!! Looks like a it would be fun restoration project! With the CO issue fixed of course lol!

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    1. I'd be in line for a ride in one...and I wouldn't have to go to school at the end of the trip! Bonus!

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