Snow Blowers

Attribution: Image by Thierry Milherou from Pixabay

A SNOGO Snow Blower

Known as a SNOGO this was used by Ross and Cromarty Council in the 1950s. The Ross and Cromarty Council logo is just visible on the door. The petrol Ford truck with a V8 engine from the 1940s has the SNOGO snow blower mounted on the front. It was first registered on the 1st January 1948.

After the council had no further use for the vehicle it was sold to various people, before eventually being sold to Ireland. However, it was thought that the blower had been removed by that time.

The SNOGO arrived in this country during World War 2. They were used by the US Airforce for clearing snow from runways and could load the snow into tipper trucks running alongside.

They were eventually acquired by the Scottish Home Department for trunk roads but later were acquired by local councils.

1948 Ford V8 Snow Blow

A Ford Marmon Herrington 4x4 SNOGO Snowblower Napco Power Wagon

Attribution: Alastdair Cameron

Serial plate from one of the original US Airforce SNOGO’s.

SNOGO Manufacturers Plate

Attribution: Alastdair Cameron

SNOGO still in US military grey clearing snow at the Heights of Kilcoy in the 1960’s

Ford V8 Snow Blower working

Attribution: Alastdair Cameron

A Rolba Snow Blower

This Rolba snow blower was built by a Swedish company and first registered in Caithness in February 1984. It has a 11980 cc diesel engine and weighs 9000 kg. Originally it was yellow, but at some stage was repainted the red colour seen in the photo.

It was last registered in December 2018 when it was sold at Dingwall & Highland Marts Limited. At that time it was in very good condition.  It was said to be the machine that kept the A9 at the Ord of Caithness open.

1984 Rolba Snow Blower

This Rolba snow blower has a 11980 cc diesel engine and weighs 9000 kg.

Attribution: Alastdair Cameron

Page updated on 20 December 2022

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