This is an Online Bonus gallery to the “A Great Northern Dozer in Texas” article published in the March 2017 GNRHS Goat.
The Texas State Railroad is home to a true 1926-built Great Northern wood snow dozer. It is located at the shop in Rusk, TX.
GN snow dozer X-1683 was built c. 1/1926 as GN 95264 on the frame of Hart ballast car #190710 and renumbered X-1683 on 10/2/1926. It continued on with the Burlington Northern but did not receive a BN number. It was eventually sold to Southwest Railroad Car Parts in Texas in January of 1983. It was donated by the company to the Texas State RR at an unknown date and currently carries the number GN 126302.
X-1683 was part of the largest group of identical dozers ever built by GN, and as such probably represents the “classic” GN snow dozer.
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At an unknown date and location GN X-1683 derailed while removing snow. Records show X-1683 assigned to Cass Lake, MN in 1931-32 and 1937 with pusher engine 1142 was assigned to the Mesabi Division in 1936, 1942 and 1949 so this may well be in that area. Photo courtesy of Stu Holmquist/Minnesota Transportation Museum collection.