Snow coach

Snow coach

A snow coach is a specialized passenger transport vehicle, designed to operate over snow or ice, similar to alarge, multi-passenger snowcat that is equipped with bus style seating. These vehicles may have multiple sets of very large low pressure tires or they may have tracks. A snow coach may seat 10, 20 or more passengers and are often used for sightseeing tours or for over snow transportation.

Canada. It was equipped with front skis and rear tracks and typically could seat 12 passengers. Alternatively, the front skis could be removed and replaced with front wheels. There are documented uses of the Bombardier Snow Bus being used as a school bus, for mail delivery and as emergency vehicles, but they were also used for tours and transportation in snowbound areas.

In the early 1960's Thiokol produced the 601 series snowcats which were often configured to carry 10 passengers. While not a tour bus type snow coach, these found utility with the United States Air Force as well as private industry.

Modern Examples

The Terra Bus Wheeled Vehicle is one of the few Snow Coach type vehicles produced. Terra Bus is produced by Foremost Industries LP in Canada, has six over sized low pressure (30 psi) tires and carries up to 56 passengers on and off road for tourist or job site transport in snow or soft ground conditions.

These following examples of Brewster coaches were seen at the Athabasca Glacier in Alberta, Canada:

See also

* Antarctic snow cruiser
* Bombardier
* Bombardier Recreational Products
* Logan Machine Company
* Sno-Cat
* Snowmobile
* Snow Trac
* Thiokol

External links

* [ Foremost Industries] Terra Bus Company Website


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