Snow on Scotland's railway

The ‘Beast from the East’ caused severe disruption to all forms of transport at the end of February and the beginning of March. Parts of Scotland saw some of the worst snow in generations, which had a major impact on Scotland's railway.

Our staff from across the ScotRail Alliance worked day and night to clear deep snow and ice, and to get services back to normal when the very worst of the weather had passed.

The main challenges we faced were drifting snow and the railway infrastructure being exposed to sub-zero temperatures. On top of that, our trains took a battering from the snow and freezing temperatures - up to three tons of snow can accumulate under a train, and this can lead faults.

Here's some pictures of the challenges we faced as the #BeastFromTheEast hit Scotland.