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TITLE
Train snowplough at work in Caithness
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_1999_116_701
PLACENAME
Caithness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
11432
KEYWORDS
snowploughs
snowplows
snow
winter
railways
Train snowplough at work in Caithness

Train snowplough at work in Caithness. All railway lines in the Highlands are vulnerable to severe winter conditions and this was especially so in the second half of the 19th century, when the lines were relatively new. Fences were put up but they were inadequate.

During the 1860s snowploughs were designed and built at the Inverness works. They could shift drifts of up to 12 feet deep. Up to four engines would be coupled together and the plough would 'charge' at the snowdrift from about half a mile away. Hinged side flaps could be folded up when not in use


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Train snowplough at work in Caithness

CAITHNESS

snowploughs; snowplows; snow; winter; railways

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

Joseph Cook Collection

Train snowplough at work in Caithness. All railway lines in the Highlands are vulnerable to severe winter conditions and this was especially so in the second half of the 19th century, when the lines were relatively new. Fences were put up but they were inadequate.<br /> <br /> During the 1860s snowploughs were designed and built at the Inverness works. They could shift drifts of up to 12 feet deep. Up to four engines would be coupled together and the plough would 'charge' at the snowdrift from about half a mile away. Hinged side flaps could be folded up when not in use <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 />