Rowley Station after a heavy fall of snow - January 1910
DescriptionWith all of the recent snow we've been having here in the UK, we thought it'd be good to delve into our photographic archive and see how winters were in days gone by... Rowley Station after a heavy fall of snow. 29th January 1910 - 6.20 pm Blackhill - Darlington train was held up at Rowley from 6.53pm on Friday 28 Jan to 4.30pm on the 30 Jan because the line ahead was blocked by snow. Info from Mr G W Bainton. His father, Mr G R Bainton, the stationmaster is on right: This particular incident started on Friday 29th January 1910, a day of heavy snow and difficulty was experienced in keeping the line open to Burn Hill. The 'ploughs' derailed at Burn Hill on starting the last run for the last Blackhill to Saltburn train. A 'pilot' from Consett shed (the 0-6-0) was leading, but it was hopeless to go forward and impossible to go back to Blackhill. This was about 6.30pm and we were really cut off. It was decided to keep the steam heating on by shovelling snow into the loco tanks. There were about 17 people on the train including the loco crew, but only one lady. She spent the night in the station house, the others remained in the coaches. When daylight came, it was found that the drifts were up to 12ft. My mother had a great deal of food in stock, but that soon went down. A huge joint for a farmer living 3 miles away was cooked. The lady passenger helped in the home whilst stranded. By Sunday afternoon the road was cut through to Castleside, this is how the photos were able to be taken. Late that afternoon the plough made it. The approach to Rowley Station was down the side of a north facing hill and the view of the ploughs coming down was marvellous, with snow being sprayed quite a distance. Of course the line could only be opened as single line working. In view of any possibly troubles, both locos set off with only one coach each. At the time I was only 9 years old, but it was something never to be forgotten. In later years, my brother, the late Mr J G Bainton met and married the niece of the 'stranded' train's fireman. As with a lot of our archive photographs, sometimes we don't always know the full information so if you can offer any further information or fill in any gaps, please do! Date: 1910 Photo Number: 4314 From the http://www.beamishcollections.com/" >Beamish Collections.
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