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    Default Wednesday Trivia: Snow

    It snows a lot in Quebec and back in the 1930s roads weren't always plowed. So Canadian mechanical engineer Joseph-Armand Bombardier devised a vehicle with caterpillar tracks for use on snowy terrain.

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    He called it the B7 — B for Bombardier and 7 for the number of passengers it could carry — and in 1937 he patented his design for the very first snowmobile.

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    In 1929, he married Yvonne Labrecque, and together they had six children. Sadly, in January 1934, their two-year-old son died of peritonitis because the family could not reach the hospital in time — a development which, to Bombardier, underscored the need for effective winter transportation in rural communities such as Valcourt, Quebec.

    The first buyers (about 100 in 1939) were country doctors, ambulance drivers and priests living in remote areas. The market soon expanded to retail businesses, transport companies, electrical utilities, telephone companies, mail carriers and forestry operations.

    By 1939 snowmobiles were being used ambulance service and rural mail delivery and in 1942 Bombardier started making snowmobiles for military use.

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    Thanks Anita. Always look forward to reading your interesting posts.

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    Thanks! Never knew the origin of the snowmobile!
    Vonnie

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    Very interesting!

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    Always interesting facts shared by you ...

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    Default Re: Wednesday Trivia: Snow

    Need driving inventions.
    Katrina


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