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TITLE
Snow blocks on railway line, 1895
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_1999_116_038
PLACENAME
Altnabraec
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Halkirk
DATE OF IMAGE
1895
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
11077
KEYWORDS
snow blocks
snow drifts
highland railways
snow ploughs
snow fences
sleepers
snow blowers
snow
Snow blocks on railway line, 1895

Three engines, ploughing through a snow drift measuring seven feet above rail level, possibly south of Altnabreac, in the Caithness district. During severe winters, as many as three engines could be joined together, coupled with a snow plough, to clear the blocks. Lines had to be protected from snow drifts by building snow fences, quite often made from old sleepers. In later years,the snow fences were replaced by snow blowers, designed to use the wind to keep the lines clear


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Snow blocks on railway line, 1895

CAITHNESS: Halkirk

1890s

snow blocks; snow drifts; highland railways; snow ploughs; snow fences; sleepers; snow blowers; snow

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

Joseph Cook Collection

Three engines, ploughing through a snow drift measuring seven feet above rail level, possibly south of Altnabreac, in the Caithness district. During severe winters, as many as three engines could be joined together, coupled with a snow plough, to clear the blocks. Lines had to be protected from snow drifts by building snow fences, quite often made from old sleepers. In later years,the snow fences were replaced by snow blowers, designed to use the wind to keep the lines clear <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.