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Train snowed in, Wales in the winter of 1947

Train snowed in, Wales in the winter of 1947


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Train snowed in, Wales in the winter of 1947

A train and locomotive brought to a standstill by snow drifts on the line between Merthyr and Abergavenny following the renewed blizzards of early March during one of the coldest recorded winters in Britain. The snow brought vital coal transport to a halt, particularly in the hills and mining valleys of South Wales where great lines of mineral trucks were unable to leave the pithead and miners were unable to get to work through the deep drifts

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Abergavenny Blocked Coal Cold Drift Drifts Extreme Freeze Freezing Frozen Locomotive Merthyr Mining Railways Snowed Snowing Snowy Trains Valleys Blizzards


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This print captures the harsh winter of 1947 in Wales, where a train and locomotive have been brought to a standstill by massive snow drifts on the line between Merthyr and Abergavenny. The renewed blizzards of early March during one of the coldest recorded winters in Britain have left this vital coal transport route completely blocked. The snowy scene is both beautiful and treacherous, with the frozen landscape creating an extreme challenge for railway workers trying to clear the tracks. The hills and mining valleys of South Wales are particularly hard hit, as great lines of mineral trucks sit idle at pitheads and miners struggle to make their way through deep drifts to get to work. This aerial view offers a unique perspective on the impact of severe weather conditions on transportation and industry in this historical moment. The frozen locomotive stands as a symbol of resilience against nature's forces, while also highlighting the vulnerability of infrastructure in such extreme conditions. As we gaze upon this striking image, we are reminded of the power and unpredictability of Mother Nature, as well as the perseverance and determination shown by those who worked tirelessly to keep essential services running despite being snowed in.

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