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Train entombed in snowdrift near Thurso
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PC_WGORDON3_008_011
PLACENAME
Thurso
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Thurso
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W Gordon
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30322
KEYWORDS
snow drifts
snowploughs
snow
Highland winters
Train entombed in snowdrift near Thurso

This postcard shows a train entombed in a snowdrift near Thurso, 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 entombed in snowdrift near Thurso

CAITHNESS: Thurso

snow drifts; snowploughs; snow; Highland winters

W Gordon

Winnie Gordon (photographs)

This postcard shows a train entombed in a snowdrift near Thurso, 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.