The Winter of 1946-47 – Using Flame-Throwers to Clear the Snow and Ice from Blocked Roads

Posted on March 12th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The winter of 1946-47 was certainly a bad one.

They had to send out search parties for missing trains and bus/train travellers were often stranded overnight (as happened in SE England last night).

We’ve been reading about this epic winter in the Archive, and were amazed to see that flame-throwers were considered as a possible solution (and some tests were even carried out!) to counter the snow and ice.

newspaper report on flame throwers in the winter of 1946 and 1947|

Hull Daily Mail – Tuesday 11 February 1947

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