And then came the snow, December 12th 2022
After some frosty nights the snow fell overnight early on Monday Dec 12th giving a covering of 1-2 inches locally. Unusually the snow didnt melt all week and with severe overnight frosts adding to the snow cover on the ground and on trees.
Unfortunately the snow coincided with RMT strike action and on the non strike Thursday Dec 15th a major signalling shambles severely disrupted services all day..
A selection of snowy phots with a few archive gems to start with for variety
87016 still with a diamond pantograph clears Stoke Road bridge at Old Linslade with a down express on February 12th 1983
Taken from bridge 139 many years before the lovely new signal gantry ruined this viewpoint, 86208 storms North on January 19th 1985
87030 howls North through deep snow at Old Linslade with this bridge 139 view on February 9th 1991 view
With the overnight snow just stopped 350261 heads the 0535 Euston – Brum at Leighton station around 0630 on December 12th 2022
66501 passes wintry Linslade allotments with a Felixstowe bound liner on December 12th 2022
Looking good with an arcing pan, 92018 eases round the Old Linslade curves with 1M16 up Royal Highlander,being a strike day this service had recessed at Nuneaton for 40 minutes waiting for Rugby PSB to open
Overnight temperatures were around minus 8 and it looks that cold as 66709 passes Old Linslade with 4Z28 Wembley Yard – Trafford pk liners on December 13th 2022
Winter sun at Tring as 350409, 350402 and 350117 leaves with the 0816 Northampton – Euston on December 14th 2022
88004 approaches Leighton with 4Z48 Daventry – Tilbury “Tesco” train on December 14th 2022
With the sun fading the frost was returning as 66120 approaches bridge 139 at Old Linslade with the Daventry – Dollands Moor mineral water empties on December 16th 2022
Possibly due an issue with ice in Linslade tunnel only the down fast (and up slow) was in operation alllowing at Old Linslade a rare fast line freght view of 66758 powering North with 4Z08 1129 Felixstowe – Birch Coppice on December 16th 2022