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TITLE
Snow plough at work near Wick, 1908
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_RAILWAYSLIDES_02_445
PLACENAME
Wick
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Wick
DATE OF IMAGE
1908
PERIOD
1900s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
11629
KEYWORDS
railways
trains
transport
Beeching report
North Highland Line
Snow plough at work near Wick, 1908

This picture shows a locomotive fitted with a snowplough near Wick, Caithness in 1908.

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.

The Far North Line between Inverness and Wick/Thurso opened between 1862 and 1874. It is over 150 miles long and it the furthest north railway in the UK.

In his famous report 'Reshaping Britain's Railways' in 1963, Dr Richard Beeching recommended that the Far North Line should close along with the Kyle of Lochalsh Line and the West Highland line. These lines were not closed, however and the Far North Line is still open today.


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Snow plough at work near Wick, 1908

CAITHNESS: Wick

1900s

railways; trains; transport; Beeching report; North Highland Line;

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Railway Lantern Slides

This picture shows a locomotive fitted with a snowplough near Wick, Caithness in 1908.<br /> <br /> 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 /> The Far North Line between Inverness and Wick/Thurso opened between 1862 and 1874. It is over 150 miles long and it the furthest north railway in the UK. <br /> <br /> In his famous report 'Reshaping Britain's Railways' in 1963, Dr Richard Beeching recommended that the Far North Line should close along with the Kyle of Lochalsh Line and the West Highland line. These lines were not closed, however and the Far North Line is still open today. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a>