NOVEL INVENTION REMOVES SNOW AND ICE BY MELTING PROCESS
Snow and ice-clogged streets in the large northern and eastern cities during the past winter months brought out many new types of snow removal apparatus.
One of the most novel and successful of these innovations was the oil burning snow melter mounted on a Mack seven and half ton truck in use in Brooklyn, N. Y. It is the invention of L. V. Stevens, a Canadian engineer and was first used successfully by the Canadian Pacific Railroad to clear its tracks.
The truck which carries an 1800 gallon tank of crude oil travels at the rate of 5 miles per hour, belching an incandescent flame some ten feet ahead, collapsing snow banks as if by sun stroke. The oil and air are both forced ahead under compression through a mixer or carburetor, in a manner similar to the practices established in the case of blast furnaces and oil burning locomotives.