Up and Over: the Wildest Snow-Going Vehicles, Past and Present [w/video]
Over the years, hearty folk have tried to devise ways of getting around when the snow falls. Some of their creations are incredibly inventive, some are just plain nuts, and a whole lot of them were built by people who had friends with movie cameras. Thankfully, a lot of those films survive online:
At first, the concept of a tractor with two massive, sheet-metal screw-drives seems wildly insane, but when you see this thing in action, you get an understanding of how ingenious it really was.
The Fordson Snow-Motor effortlessly cruises over a hoe-handle’s worth of deep snow, and allows a guy in a fedora to go anywhere he needs to, regardless of the conditions. The only problem must’ve been getting your rain slicker caught in those massive augers.
Vityaz DT-30PM Articulated Tracked Carrier
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Russians were nutty about world domination, and just getting around their own foreboding terrain. To that end, they had a whole fleet of 30-ton polar transport vehicles at the ready to move troops across the tundra, cutting through any kind of terrain they might find along the way.
The video is narrated by some scary Russian dude in his mother tongue, but you get the idea about where this rig is capable of going: snow, deep water, places where roads don’t exist. It’s articulated in the middle, so it can actually pick the nose up to cross massive obstacles, or climb steep inclines.