Posted by: wrha | January 27, 2013

50 years on from The Big Freeze of 1963

Fifty years on from what is on record as being amongst the worst ever winters in the UK, The Big Freeze of 1963, Whitrope once again suffers from the severe winter weather.

In the photo from Saturday 26th January below, courtesy of Richard Maclennan, the depth of the snow is very apparent from the track made through it, and the rails of the Border Union Railway are completely covered on the right hand side of the fence.


From our archives we see the snowplough team from 1963 pause just south of Riccarton Junction whilst undertaking ‘ploughing duties. Photo WRHA Archive, from an original print by Peter Brock.