Inspired to develop transportation for snowbound rural Quebec after his 2 year old son died in 1934 when the family was unable to reach a hospital, inventor Joseph-Armand Bombardier patented a sprocket wheel and track system in 1937 to drive his snow vehicles and formed l Auto-Niege Bombardier in his home town of Valcourt, Quebec. After World War II, Bombardier introduced the 12-passenger B12 model, an immediate hit for use as public transport and by ambulance services and utility and mining companies. In 1955, the snow coaches also opened Yellowstone National Park to winter visitors, where they are still in service.
Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum
P.O. Box 2
Naubinway, MI 49762
Hours: 906 477-6298
Appointment: 906 477 6192
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