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Torn-Down Tuesday: Old-school snow fighting outside the Aud

With Memorial Auditorium opening in 1940 and the last streetcar clanking through the streets of Buffalo in 1950, the date of this image is set firmly in the 1940s.

Clearing snow from Buffalo’s street car tracks was the job of a haphazard collection of beat-up, patched-up old streetcars created through the ingenuity of the International Railway Company maintenance staff.

A new IRC streetcar plow, 1936. (Buffalo News archives)

What looked like the Cold Spring barn’s junkyard during the warm months sprung to life with rotary plows, blade plows, and ice diggers — each with a different purpose along different routes.

Rotary plow retrofitted on the front of JG Brill Model 600 street car. Built around 1900, still in use for snow clearing a half-century later. (Buffalo Stories archives"



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