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Sunday, September 11, 2005

New in 2005

Not very exciting for clients, but Chatter Creek has acquired a 2003 Bombardier (Camoplast) "BR 350 MP" snowcat for road building. It is a more powerful machine than the old "BR 400" and its blade lifts higher. It's about 30% more powerful than the "ME" machines that are used for transporting guests. The BR 400 will remain the backup machine for passenger use, but mainly it will be used for maintaining the access road for passage of staff and supplies and for hauling fuel to the site. With the new terrain expansion, there is well over 100 km of cat roads to build and maintain and the new cat will greatly speed that process. The photo above shows Chatter Creek owner and cat driver extraordinaire, Dale McKnight with the new BR 350 "road cat". This "MP" (microporcessor) machine uses electronic controls for the hydraulics, whereas the "ME" machines have mechanical controls.

Below, we've added a number of photos from the manufacturing facility of Metal Form Industries, who supplies the luxury passenger cabs for the Chatter Creek snowcats. The photo at the right shows Chatter Creek's three Metal Form cabs awaiting the return of the snowcats from their annual overhaul by Camoplast Industries in Calgary, Alberta.


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