12.12.02

JANUARY MADE ME SHIVER. January of 1963 is infamous in railroading circles as the month the North Shore Line went out of business. It was particularly cold and snowy in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, and there are plenty of pictures of the last days of the North Shore with the snows and those very blue winter skies. That was also a rather brutal January in the British Isles, reports The Railway Magazine (old news to my UK readers, but that issue just arrived these shores today, as if I had enough distractions from the exams) with temperatures below freezing (below zero for long stretches, in fact, and deep snow, and probably not a single rotary snowplow on the island.

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