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Posted: 04/22/21 09:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I tend to go down the yoo toob rabbit hole on videos related to railroading.

One thing I noticed on some engines is a circular device on the windshields. At first I thought is was a fan of sorts by virtue of the round shape.

Saw an image from my latest viewing from the inside cockpit. Whatever this device it, it appears to keep the windshield clean compared to the outer part.

This is my question: is this some type of 360 degree rotating wiper?

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Posted: 04/22/21 10:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes and some ships also have this.

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They're "spin windows" or "clear view screens" and are used in a few other applications as well, such as ships and CNC machine tools. Essentially it's just a round piece of glass or clear plastic that's spinning very quickly, fast enough that any water that gets on it is immediately flung off. There is no wiper blade involved.





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Posted: 04/22/21 10:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Aha! ...that makes sense because I do not see any wipers.

Apparently it must spin fast enough that freezing snow or rain cannot build up on it.

...thanks for the info.

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Do they come big enough to cover my driveway, lol.

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I like watching the snowblower and plow trains, saw a couple where the snowbanks just stopped the train dead in its tracks.

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Railfan here, just late to this thread.


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A little off subject, but I knew an acquaintance who had some sort of psychological attraction to trains. If we were driving somewhere and he spotted a train, he would need to stop so he could watch the train, no matter how long it was. I just let it go, never questioning him. I figured he might be dangerous, but probably just a little nuts! [emoticon]


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