from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A form of snow-plow made of two small planks and a crosspiece, like the letter A.
  • n. An iron scraper attached to a car or locomotive, to remove snow and ice from the rails.
  • n. Same as snow-knife.


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  • Is it your intention simply to drive it hard, until it dies-and your expectation that, when it does, you'll happily collect your thermos and snow-scraper from under the passenger seat, say one last goodbye to nasty Aunt Trudi, and shed nary a tear for the future sunset drives along the Hudson that might have been?


  • Almost every part of a locomotive is controlled from the cab, which prevents unnecessary stopping to correct defects; from his seat the engineer can let the condensed water out of the cylinders; he can start a jet of steam in the stack and create a draft through the fire-box; by the pressure of a lever he is able to pour sand on a slippery track, or by the manipulation of another lever a snow-scraper is let down from the cowcatcher.

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