The winter of 2012 to 2013 was unusual in the quantity of the ‘White Stuff’ that fell, particularly during the period 22nd to 25th March 2013, when a swath of the UK ground to a standstill under 36hrs of continuous snow and stiff winds. The Dee Valley effectively shut down and the railway had to cancel its operations over the weekend. Things slowly got back to normal over the following week and trains ran on the weekend of 30th and 31st March. Passengers were treated to a ‘Winter Wonderland’ as the snow covered scenery passed the windows of their steam heated carriages.

Photo - ©Iain Ross 2013

Iain Ross’ photo shows how much snow fell in the 36 hour period. Llangollen was cut off and Iain took this picture while waiting for the snow to melt, or the snowploughs to come through so he could get home.

Class 37 - 6940 was prepared and ready for the diesel event which had to be cancelled. Behind is Cogan Hall, somewhat forlorn having donated its bogie to 6880, Betton Grange.