This article is not about John the Baptist trying to emulate Moses. It is about a railroad car. Not just any ordinary railroad car either, but a rather imposing contraption. There it is in the photo. It is a Jordan spreader, a mighty railroad machine that is pushed by a locomotive. Its plow-shaped prow bulldozes piles of gravel and its powerful wings fold out and spread the gravel ballast between the ties and evenly along the railbed. It also plows snow.