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HR locomotive after charging a heavy snow wreath in Caithness
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GB1796_RAILWAYSLIDES_02_483
PLACENAME
Caithness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
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11665
KEYWORDS
railways
trains
transport
HR locomotive after charging a heavy snow wreath in Caithness

This picture shows a Highland Railway locomotive after charging a heavy snow wreath 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.

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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HR locomotive after charging a heavy snow wreath in Caithness

CAITHNESS

railways; trains; transport;

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

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This picture shows a Highland Railway locomotive after charging a heavy snow wreath in Caithness. <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>