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TITLE
Highland Railway workers clearing snow blocks on the line
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_1999_116_24_XI
PLACENAME
unidentified
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
11158
KEYWORDS
Highland Railway
steam trains
snow blocks
snowdrifts
snow ploughs
highland winters
snow
Highland Railway workers clearing snow blocks on the line

Highland Railway workers clearing snow blocks on the line. The funnel of a steam engine can be seen in the background of the photograph.

During severe winters, as many as three engines could be joined together, coupled with a choice of three different sizes of 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. Snow blocks on the line have decreased since the 1900s due to a combination of experience in dealing with severe conditions and milder Highland winters


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Highland Railway workers clearing snow blocks on the line

1890s

Highland Railway; steam trains; snow blocks; snowdrifts; snow ploughs; highland winters; snow

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

Joseph Cook Collection

Highland Railway workers clearing snow blocks on the line. The funnel of a steam engine can be seen in the background of the photograph.<br /> <br /> During severe winters, as many as three engines could be joined together, coupled with a choice of three different sizes of 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. Snow blocks on the line have decreased since the 1900s due to a combination of experience in dealing with severe conditions and milder Highland winters <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.<br />