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JCB Fastracs help keep Alpine passes open

JCB Fastracs help keep Alpine passes open

Several metres of snow have been dumped on the French Alps during the past few weeks and two JCB Fastrac 4220s are carrying out vital work to keep a high mountain pass open. Fitted with a special blade at the front and a salt sprayer at the rear, one of them is ploughing its way through 2.0m of compacted snow at the Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier- mountain passes more than 2,000m (6,700ft) above sea level and a regular route of the Tour de France.

The tractor was adapted by Villeton, a French company which specialises in snow clearing equipment, in conjunction with JCB France. The company also undertook a radical adaption of their second machine, reversing the position of the cab so that the engine is behind the driver for improved visibility and enabling a snow blower attachment to be installed at the front.

By Steven Vale


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