To the best of my knowledge, this is not correct for a CNR snow plow. But as I’ve mentioned previously on this blog, I really like the look of plows with a train line air hose running up and over the top of the plow and entering the cupola. It must be a hold-over from my days modelling the Boston and Maine Railroad.
I fabricated a bracket from some flat brass bar and installed a BTS train line valve, to which I added the short air hose and glad hand. I bent the mounting pin by 90 degrees so it faced up, and trimmed it just after the bend. I also fabricated a pipe and pipe support for the roof over the plow.
I then found some small brass hex nuts in my collection of tiny fasteners. I glued one to the end of the BTS valve mounting pin, and glued the other to the end of the pipe on the roof.
Finally, I connected these two subassemblies with a piece of appropriately-sized wire – still in its insulation, and trimmed to length so that I could introduce a bit of sag into it at appropriate points.
Some black-grey on the rubber parts, and flat black on the pipes and other hardware, and I was done with the front. I’ll dry brush some Neo-Lube over the pipe, valve and glad-hand during the weathering process to give them an oily/greasy metallic look.
While this is not an accurate detail (as far as I know), I think it does a better job of telling the story of a plow in transit than a small train line air hose sticking out of the plow front itself. Given that I model August, an in-transit plow is the only kind one would see on my railway.
Meanwhile, I know this arrangement is accurate to plows from other roads. Maybe my shop forces stole the idea as a way to keep snow, ice and debris from bashing up the train line. In any case, I’m pleased with how this detail turned out – and it’s my railway, right?
While working on train lines, I also added the appropriate hardware to the back of the plow. This was a much easier operation: I simply drilled a hole, glued the BTS part in place, and added a bit of paint.