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A locomotive with snow plough charging a heavy snow wreath
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GB1796_RAILWAYSLIDES_02_475
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unidentified
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
11657
KEYWORDS
railways
trains
transport
locomotives
engines
steam
snow
Highland Railway
HR
A locomotive with snow plough charging a heavy snow wreath

This photograph shows a locomotive fitted with a snowplough charging a heavy snow wreath.

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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A locomotive with snow plough charging a heavy snow wreath

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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

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This photograph shows a locomotive fitted with a snowplough charging a heavy snow wreath.<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 /> <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><br />