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BS: on the naming of Snowploughs

18 Jan 18 - 04:44 AM (#3900267)
Subject: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

Scottish Transport has a map of where the gritter lorries are and it (apparently) reveals their nicknames or their licence plate.

These include Gritallica, Sir Andy Flurry, Gritty Gonzales and the Sir Salter Scott.

a Twatter on the subject
Offers suggestions like Brad Gritt, Salt Disney, Grittney Spears, Spready The Eagle, King Spreadward, GrittyGrittyBangBang, Snowfarah, Ready Spready Go.

& in Doncaster they have Davie Plowie & Gritsy Bitsy

True Grit - or do local Governments have a sense of humour?

What does the Mudcat suggest or has been observed?

Mine? Sleet of Foot, Dust my Vroom, the Drifters and not hilarious but a little subtle Cold Comfort


18 Jan 18 - 04:49 AM (#3900268)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Dave the Gnome

Rule Grittania

:D tG


18 Jan 18 - 04:49 AM (#3900269)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Joe Offer

I drove a snowplow at an orphanage in Wisconsin to earn my college tuition, and it was a job that was great for the machismo. I loved my snowplow and loved the experience of crashing into snowdrifts, but I never thought of naming it.
Sure was a fun job, though.
-Joe-


18 Jan 18 - 06:55 AM (#3900278)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Senoufou

Ploughy McPloughface


18 Jan 18 - 07:04 AM (#3900280)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Dave the Gnome

We could also divert to a music thread. Anyone stuck in the snow could become jolly fellows who follow the plough :-)

DtG


18 Jan 18 - 07:56 AM (#3900287)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Senoufou

Or "We Plough The Snow and Scatter.." (the good grit on the roads...)

'He sends the snow in winter' - but I reckon He's overdone it this year!


18 Jan 18 - 08:34 AM (#3900299)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Jos

Itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow grit-spreading machiney


18 Jan 18 - 12:38 PM (#3900353)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: leeneia

They should paint one pink or white and name it Suzy Snowflake.

'Suzy Snowflake ' is a video that used to be on TV in the 1950's when the stations had a minute they didn't know what to do with. For me as a little kid, it was one of the few enjoyable things on TV.

Suzy


18 Jan 18 - 01:25 PM (#3900363)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Senoufou

Aw, that's sweet leeneia! We just had a man making a clay pot on a wheel in between programmes.
Trouble is, I think it's an ear worm...I can't stop singing it now!


18 Jan 18 - 01:30 PM (#3900364)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Tattie Bogle

One FB friend suggested Gritty McGritface, and there is already Gritty McVittie. I had a look yesterday to see which one might be nearest us: it was Edinburh Ring Road, about 4 miles away, so "Ring-a Ring-a Road Clear" - or, for its more precise location "The Sighthill Spitter"!
And I think the weather forecast is "Ploughing Tonight".


18 Jan 18 - 01:53 PM (#3900367)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Jos

Eliza, did you only have "The potter's wheel"? I seem to remember a kitten playing with a ball of wool.


18 Jan 18 - 02:00 PM (#3900369)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Senoufou

Oh yes! Fancy you remembering that! I think it was on an armchair, a white kitten?


18 Jan 18 - 02:28 PM (#3900374)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Jos

Yes, a white kitten. It seems there were other films but I only remember those two. A quick 'google' came up with this:


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0276jjh


18 Jan 18 - 03:48 PM (#3900388)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Bee-dubya-ell

If a snowplough were mounted to the front of a UPS truck, it could be called "How Now, Brown Plough".


18 Jan 18 - 06:11 PM (#3900406)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

I looked on that map feature for Polmadie in Glasgow,
and there was Grittie MacVittie.

And Sparkle is over by the Glasgow airport.
And Frosty is near Kilwinning.
Sir Salter Scott, south of Edinborough.
Sprinkles is near Nairn.

What a hoot.


18 Jan 18 - 07:17 PM (#3900415)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

And for English Folk singers.............

"Speed the Plough" or "Ploughsie Maggie"

And for Shalespearians.....

"Gritter Love Hath no Man"

We have the artificial snow company on my doorstep. "Snow Business" and they re-named their building "Snow Mill", previous to that it was "Oil Mill", before that it would have been a weaving mill".


19 Jan 18 - 02:42 AM (#3900434)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: mg

I am going to name mine snow white and special snowflake and ice queen.


19 Jan 18 - 03:19 AM (#3900437)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

Plowdon Wainright III


19 Jan 18 - 03:50 AM (#3900440)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Dave the Gnome

You know nothing Jon Snow...

Plough

:D tG


19 Jan 18 - 08:55 AM (#3900483)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Nigel Parsons

Or for something (much) more basic:
Gary Gritter


19 Jan 18 - 10:33 AM (#3900497)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: robomatic

Homer: "That name again is 'Mr. Plow'"
Marge: "Leave the jacket on"


19 Jan 18 - 11:47 AM (#3900506)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

"Snow, Snow, quick quick, snow"

"Shovel Duck"

"Julian Cleary"

"Here's looking at you skid"

"Ice Bucket"

thinking .........


19 Jan 18 - 01:29 PM (#3900533)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: mg

Frosty.


19 Jan 18 - 03:46 PM (#3900563)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

"Slush Puppy"

"A Grit on the Slide"

"Ploughed before a Fall"


20 Jan 18 - 06:12 AM (#3900651)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

"Hail Hitter"

"Black Eyes"


21 Jan 18 - 06:35 AM (#3900831)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

"Melting Potter"


21 Jan 18 - 05:23 PM (#3900943)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

Checked out that there map again.
This is absurdly entertaining. Especially the named ones.
Latest snapshot:

Grittie McVittie has been joined by Mrs. McGritter in Glasgow.
The Winter Explorer and Gritty Gritty Bang Bang are seeing to Perth.
Ice Buster and the Snow Solution converge on Prestwick in Ayr.
Sir Andy Flurry near Dunblane.
Snow Destroyer near Linlithgow.

The Ice Queen is at Queensferry near the Forth Road Bridge,
and the Golden Great Gritter is on the other side of the bridge at North Queensferry.

Not to speak of all the no-name snow-ploughs.


28 Feb 18 - 07:43 PM (#3908652)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

The Beast from the East, is it?
Someone else said Hysteria from Siberia.

What rhyming rise to the challenge
can Mudcatters come up with
for the Snowploughs of Scotland here?

Check out that link in the first post,
and you can see the ploughs ploughing their little hearts out.


01 Mar 18 - 10:59 AM (#3908793)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Senoufou

We could do with far more gritters here in Norfolk at the moment with this dratted 'Beast from the East' (or Hysteria from Siberia) The roads weren't gritted, or if they were, quite deep snow has covered over the grit. The snow has been compacted by vehicles and now it's a skating rink.
No postal service (which I'm pleased about. We're very fond of our lovely postie and wouldn't want him risking an accident) And what is worse, no newspapers, and the supermarket shelves are half-empty, due to panic buying and no lorries getting through to refill.
My daft husband went out for six tomatoes (!!) so he could cook his Spicy Horror, and came back rather white-faced (so to speak) as the car was sliding about alarmingly.
All Norfolk schools are closed, so no school cleaners needed. Husband enjoying the break. But now some blooming Storm called Emma is battering the house.


01 Mar 18 - 12:04 PM (#3908810)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Tattie Bogle

No chance of a gritter on our street while they are struggling to keep the main roads clear.
So all the neighbours were out with shovels and spades this morning doing the Ravelrig Big Dig: got the road cleared so that someone else could get in a 4 x 4 to the airport: all domestic flights are cancelled, but a few long-haul ones to warmer climes still going. Now we have just had another hour + of snowstorm, so everything is re-covered with several more inches of snow.
Fortunately have all we need in fridge, freezer and cupboards: no chance of starving!


01 Mar 18 - 12:17 PM (#3908815)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Senoufou

Stay safe Tattie!

I smiled to see a large group of our village children whizz excitedly past towing little sledges, accompanied by several village dogs. There's always a little tot struggling along at the rear shouting, "Wait for meeeee!"
Later, I was intrigued when they all hurried back again with their sledges piled high with snow. Some were adding snow from hedgerows and walls. Whatever were they planning to do? Surely they had enough snow in their own gardens for a snowman?


01 Mar 18 - 06:07 PM (#3908894)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

And did you also notice that the Scottish ploughs include
the names

Plougher O' Scotland
and
Luke Snowalker?


01 Mar 18 - 06:12 PM (#3908895)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

...and near Keith, south of Buckie,
is
Sir Grits-a-Lot.


01 Mar 18 - 11:03 PM (#3908917)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: meself

Snow Business Like Snow Business.


02 Mar 18 - 11:28 AM (#3909022)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

Here in Stroud we have a company that specialise in making fake snow for film & TV. - Snow Business

I wonder if they came in to work today. I did, well I say work, it was recording an old man talking abut the area in the old days. I say old man, he is actually younger than me, but to look at him and the way he walks - lets just say I rejoice in my good fortune. Though tomorrow's ceilidh in town is cancelled, the band .


03 Mar 18 - 01:07 PM (#3909262)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: EBarnacle

D'ye ken John Snow with his coat so white;
D'ye ken him plowin' in the midst of night
D'ye ken him stayin' on the road so tight;
T'keep roads clear and you safe and tight--
With is truck and his plow through the village?


17 Dec 19 - 06:35 PM (#4024290)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

It's not winter at the Mudcat
without a link to Scotland's Trunk Road Gritter Tracker.
The OP on this thread, the link is kind of indirect,
you have to go through a layer or two to get to the actual site.

I'll see if I can link directly to it. Here goes.

Transport Scotland

yay, me!
And if you zoom in and tighten on a smaller group of vehicles
in a smaller area,
the named ones have their little names pop out.


17 Dec 19 - 06:37 PM (#4024293)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

Someone did a James Bond pun,
and named their gritter
For Your Ice Only.

That one's near Edinburgh at the moment.


18 Dec 19 - 04:31 AM (#4024344)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

"Gangsta Granny Gritter" in Inverness today.

"My Name's Doddie" in Dundee

"Grittle Mix", "Sophie's Salt","Meltin' John" etal in the Glasga area

"Sandy the Solway Salter" in Dumfires

"Snowkemon Go" - Stranraer

"Fred" in Ayr

"Ice Destroyer" is in Oban


18 Dec 19 - 07:00 AM (#4024368)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mrrzy

You guys are a riot. Senoufou, tu devrais avoir honte (grin). And here the sanding and the plowing are done by separate unnamed vehicles... Hmmm...


18 Dec 19 - 08:27 AM (#4024378)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Senoufou

Honte, moi Mrrzy? Non, au contraire je suis trop fiére de moi. Je suis femme trés méchante! Mon époux pourrait le vé¶ifier. hee hee


19 Dec 19 - 04:06 AM (#4024521)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Rusty Dobro

The organiser/compere arrived at an Ipswich charity comedy show on board the the gritter lorry (almost) bearing his name: Grit Rhyss-Jones.


19 Dec 19 - 06:58 PM (#4024698)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

In the Glasgow area, the other snowploughs have been joined by

Darth Spreader

Sprinklebell


20 Dec 19 - 01:58 PM (#4024776)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

Sir Grits-A-Lot is back on the job
in what used to be Banff I believe.

Snowball and Sir Salter Scott are south of Edinburgh.

Fred is near the Glasgow Prestwick airport.

Rumble is all by her(?)self, southwest of Lochaber.

Gritty Gonzales, southeast of Galashiels.

And Super Snowboard is between Leeds and York.


22 Dec 19 - 03:57 AM (#4024795)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Backwoodsman

I love the road-gritting vehicle in Lanarkshire, Scotland, which has been named...’Gritter Thunberg’.


22 Dec 19 - 07:03 AM (#4024845)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

ROTFLMAO


22 Dec 19 - 02:41 PM (#4024923)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

… now, that IS inspired.


26 Dec 19 - 08:10 PM (#4025027)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

ooh, how I hate to break the news of this name to you.

When I look at the little interactive map today,
the name drew me to Scotland's West Coast,
to Ayr, south of Glasgow.

FRED is down there, and so is ... wait for it ...

SALINE DION.


27 Dec 19 - 02:58 AM (#4025063)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

why not "Pippa Anne Salt"
?


29 Dec 19 - 05:39 AM (#4025303)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

there should be a "Season's Grittings"


30 Dec 19 - 07:17 AM (#4025440)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

... and now,
there is a vehicle south of Glasgow named
SPREAD SHEERAN.


19 Jan 20 - 07:25 PM (#4029137)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

And EAST of Glasgow there is a vehicle named

DAVID PLOWIE.

I'm just beginning to feel suspicious that
there may be
one particular snowplough/snowplow
that keeps
changing its name ...


20 Jan 20 - 06:01 AM (#4029181)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

Is there one called ........................

"Claw Ride"?


15 Nov 20 - 11:31 PM (#4079769)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

... no, but I do see one named

GRIT EXPECTATIONS. (Near Glasgow.)


16 Nov 20 - 02:48 AM (#4079778)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Allan Conn

There is seemingly a campaign in South Lanarkshire to have one renamed "Mar-Grit Ferrier Super Spreader" after the MP who made the round trip to London. Thought it was really funny but probably as much chance of the public getting their way as they had with Boatie McBoatface


16 Nov 20 - 07:53 AM (#4079811)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

LOL

is there a Salt Anna?

or

"Wrong Kind of Snow Plough"


17 Nov 20 - 09:55 AM (#4079950)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Charmion

As a natural-born Canadian who has lived most of her life in high-snow areas, I love the idea of naming snowplows (note variant spelling -- in these parts, ploughs are for soil). I have never heard that any Canadian jurisdiction indulged in the practice, however.

Could it be that we have just too many snowplows? Like feedlot steers, identified only by the code on their eartags, Canadian snowplows have to get by on their licence plate numbers.


17 Nov 20 - 10:37 AM (#4079954)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Charmion's brother Andrew

A fair few of the spreader/snow plow combinations in Ontario are owned by private contractors whom the municipalities or counties engage for snow clearance. Much of the equipment bears names, but these are likely not used outside the contractors' yards. Cities like Ottawa lack the imagination to name their vehicles. They also do not publish where they are operating, as far as i can tell. :(

In more innocent times (the 1970s) people were not giving snow plow operators the space they needed, so the government of Ontario came up with a couple of public service announcements: tail gunner and Polar Jet High-Lift Ice Ball Special. A bit dated, since who today knows what a tail gunner is?


18 Nov 20 - 08:39 PM (#4080163)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

What is a nice Snowplough like
Sandy the Solway Salter
doing
southeast of Liverpool
?


19 Nov 20 - 07:13 AM (#4080194)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Georgiansilver

Surely just 'True Grit' would do.


19 Nov 20 - 07:27 AM (#4080199)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Jos

Or "'S no joke".


19 Nov 20 - 08:04 AM (#4080206)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Doug Chadwick

What is a nice Snowplough like
Sandy the Solway Salter
doing
southeast of Liverpool
?


OK keberoxu, I give up. I Googled "Sandy the Solway Salter" but couldn't find anything about it being used outside of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. I have looked up both Solway and Dumfries on Google Maps and I can't find any references to either that are southeast of any of the various places called Liverpool.

Considering that "Sandy the Solway Salter" appeared here in a list posted 11 months ago, your post seems a bit random. Care to explain?

DC


20 Nov 20 - 04:20 AM (#4080302)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

Is there a "Scoopy Do" ?

"Ice Sage" ?

"Sleet Street" (hack job therefore)

"'S No Drift"

"Grit & Bare It"


20 Nov 20 - 08:48 PM (#4080409)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

The Trunk Road Gritter Tracker is the interactive online map
at scot dot gov,
and on that interactive map,
Sandy the Solway Salter
is southeast of Liverpool.


21 Nov 20 - 04:47 AM (#4080440)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Doug Chadwick

southeast of Liverpool

True, I suppose, but ..... hmmmm? ..... an interesting description for a location in the middle of Derby!

DC


21 Nov 20 - 09:05 AM (#4080465)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: mayomick

paint it white and call it the Alphonse Allais


21 Nov 20 - 09:41 PM (#4080540)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

Another touch I didn't take in previously.
The colored interactive map distinguishes between
which snowplows are active, and out on the roads,
and which snowplows are parked and inactive.
The named snowplows have their names regardless
of whether they are active or are parked and stationary.

If the interactive map shows a yellow snowplow,
it is active and out there working.
The grey snowplows are parked and inactive.

Glasgow has a concentration of grey, inactive snowplows at the moment.


23 Nov 20 - 01:51 PM (#4080688)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

East of New Galloway,
Penelope Gritstop is out on the streets, but
Gritney Spears is parked and out of action.
Only in Scotland ...


24 Nov 20 - 09:05 PM (#4080870)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

Oh my word. The little critters are busy tonight.
And a bunch of names I haven't seen before,
between Glasgow and Edinburgh:


LICENCE TO CHILL

SCOTLAND'S BRAVEST GRITTER

THE GRITTIST SNOWMAN (that's how it's spelled)


And what's going on around Galashiels and Melrose?
There are a bunch of YELLOW (meaning active and out there on the road)
gritter symbols.
Must be more snow and ice than usual?


26 Nov 20 - 02:44 AM (#4080986)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

"Get my Drift?"   ?


13 Dec 20 - 03:03 PM (#4083286)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

Out in force, they are, they are.


14 Dec 20 - 10:14 AM (#4083382)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Mr Red

What about "Ace of Spades"? Or would that fall foul of some PC sensitivities that were never intended.


14 Dec 20 - 06:36 PM (#4083473)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: Donuel

Liam Neison did a comedy mass murder murder movie that revolves around a mighty snow plow.


15 Dec 20 - 02:35 PM (#4083604)
Subject: RE: BS: on the naming of Snowploughs
From: keberoxu

Here's a new one, on the interactive map:

I WANT TO BREAK FREEZE