Snow Cleared From Great Lakes Central Railroad Tracks - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Snow Cleared From Great Lakes Central Railroad Tracks

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Just like the roads, railroad tracks need to be cleared to keep things running smoothly.

Great Lakes Central Railroad spent more than five hours plowing the tracks on Thursday. They started in Cadillac in the morning, then headed to Kalkaska, and then made the trip back.

To clear the way, they use a russell plow, which is specially designed to clear the snow on the tracks.

Clearing snow and ice off the tracks is a must for the railroad to keep those on and around the trains safe. Too much snow can cause a train to go off the tracks and put it on the ground.

Great Lakes Central Railroad wants to remind people to keep snowmobiles off the tracks because a fun ride can quickly turn dangerous.