Last November I ran across a set of photos in a Facebook group known as In The Weeds. The name tells you what to know. Photos are shared of various trucks and other heavy equipment that has been left in the tender care of mother earth. HA! Anyway, the photo came from a scrap yard in Adams, NY and the contents of said yard blew me away. Brockways, Autocars, Whites, military stuff, buses, cars, pickups and construction equipment. It was all at Dobbins. The original poster warned that a major scraping process was underway and soon all would be gone. I become obsessed with getting up there to check it out. The best I could do was a drive by were I saw these two old two trucks. Thankfully the stars aligned and I soon learned that much of the yard was to be auctioned! I cleared my calendar months in advance.
Yesterday was the big day. I arrived around 8AM and found nearly every truck I so drooled over from the In The Weeds facebook group plus a few more. I brought two cameras with me fearing that a memory card or battery would fail before the day was over. Smart move on my part as one of the cameras ran out of juice while the other ran out of space. There was simply too much to video and photograph. Over the following days I will share with you the treasures this yard had to offer in both car and truck form. There will be plenty of walk around video with smart commentary by your humble host. Use of the mute button on you computer is advised.
Of course I am going to start with plows! If I counted correctly there were five Walter Snow Fighters on the grounds. At least three were for sale. It seemed to me that many of the larger trucks were not up for auction. The reason is unknown. Either way I have video of the two most complete units and photos of everything else. I was very surprised to find a former Onondaga County truck in the piles of steel and endless school buses. Hopefully some of our resident experts can fill in the details.
The Walters come from a time when nearly every highway department had at least one in their garage. If you had serious snow to move you had a Snow Fighter. There really was no other viable option outside of Oshkosh. Like Brockway, Walter was based in NYS and had a very loyal following among local government. Too be honest, you still see plenty of them around. Some even in active service!
MUCH more to come!