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TITLE
A railway line in snowy weather
EXTERNAL ID
CAITHHORZ_THUFM_PH127
PLACENAME
unidentified
DATE OF IMAGE
1895
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Caithness Horizons
ASSET ID
4309
KEYWORDS
railways
railway lines
bad weather
severe weather
A railway line in snowy weather

During severe winters, as many as three engines could be joined together, coupled with a choice of three different sizes of snow plough, to clear the blocks. Lines had to be protected from snow drifts by building snow fences, quite often made from old sleepers.

In later years, the snow fences were replaced by snow blowers, designed to use the wind to keep the lines clear. Snow blocks on the line have decreased since the 1900s due to a combination of experience in dealing with severe conditions and milder highland winters


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A railway line in snowy weather

1890s

railways; railway lines; bad weather; severe weather

Caithness Horizons

Caithness Horizons

During severe winters, as many as three engines could be joined together, coupled with a choice of three different sizes of snow plough, to clear the blocks. Lines had to be protected from snow drifts by building snow fences, quite often made from old sleepers. <br /> <br /> In later years, the snow fences were replaced by snow blowers, designed to use the wind to keep the lines clear. Snow blocks on the line have decreased since the 1900s due to a combination of experience in dealing with severe conditions and milder highland winters <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: joannehowdle@caithnesshorizons.co.uk">Caithness Horizons</a>