Sub-zero freezing temperatures ground Britain's railways to a halt as the Siberian winter increased it's grip on an already frigid country. Despite the north of England having suffered and struggled on for over a week, once the Arctic weather hit the south-east, the infrastructure started failing.
This morning, after an evening, a night and a morning stuck on the 18:15 from Euston to Reigate, happy news amid the doom and gloom emerged.
Julie Moody and Kevin Moody emerged blissfully married onto Reigate station platform, accompanied by Heaven's confetti in the form of snow. Amazingly, Julie Moody had joined the train as Julie Frodsham, and even more amazingly had never even met Kevin Moody before that eventful journey.
"We were sat next to each other," said Kevin, gazing lovingly at his new wife. "For the first three hours, we did the usual Londoner thing and steadfastly ignored each other."
Julie held her new husbands hands. "When the battery on my Kindle ran out, I looked at Kevin, and our eyes locked. We talked for hours as the snow fell outside the window. It was so romantic."
By five in the morning, they both knew that it was forever. Fortunately, the ticket inspector was a fully ordained minister in the church of latter day collectors who married them in front of a carriage full of witnesses.
"It was a very moving ceremony," said one passenger, as they swapped platforms in order to get a train back into London to go back to work.
The happy Moody's decided not to go back into work, and instead start a very cold honeymoon.
"We don't want to risk getting too stressed on the train, and requiring a divorce by the time we get to London," said Kevin.