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Snowplough at work on Caithness Railway
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PC_WGORDON3_008_009
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unidentified
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS
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W Gordon
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30320
KEYWORDS
trains
snowploughs
snow
Caithness Railway
Highland winters
engines
Snowplough at work on Caithness Railway

This postcard shows a train snowplough at work on the Caithness Railway. 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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Snowplough at work on Caithness Railway

CAITHNESS

trains; snowploughs; snow; Caithness Railway; Highland winters; engines

W Gordon

Winnie Gordon (photographs)

This postcard shows a train snowplough at work on the Caithness Railway. 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.