At around 900ft, Consett is well known for being one of the three highest towns in England, and as such has always had its fair share of snowy winter weather. Despite this, the supply routes to Consett Iron Company had to be maintained.
Here, on the left, we have station staff in the especially harsh winter of 1963 clearing the line of snow at Waskerley where the Weardale Extension Railway connected the Stanhope and Tyne with the Stockton and Darlington Railway, bringing raw materials to Consett from the south.
The same was true of the Tyne Dock to Consett line which supplied the steelworks with iron ore. Clearing the line was a priority to ensure continued steel production, this time using steam power rather than elbow grease!
Images courtesy of https://www.derbysulzers.com/24102.html and http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/w/waskerley/index14.shtml and
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