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An Illustrated History of the Snowdon Mountain Railway

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The Snowdon Mountain Railway is unique among Britain's railways, quite literally a Swiss mountain rack-and-pinion railway translated to the grandeur of Snowdonia to ascend Wales' highest peak, Mount Snowdon. Built in 1895 by the Snowdon Mountain Tramroad & Hotels Company, it is usually best remembered for the tragic accident that occurred on the first day of public operation in 1896. It overcame that awful event and has established a well-earned place as one of the most popular tourist railways in Wales. Unusual among Britain's passenger-carrying railways, the Snowdon Mountain Railway was built without Parliamentary authority on private land, a situation that limits the amount of historical information available in public archives. Research carried out by railway historian Peter Johnson has uncovered many new insights into the railway's fascinating history. Stunning scenery and a unique railway combine to make this a fascinating book that will appeal to railway enthusiasts.

Synopsis:

The Snowdon Mountain Railway is unique among Britain's railways, quite literally a Swiss mountain rack-and-pinion railway translated to the grandeur of Snowdonia to ascend Wales' highest peak, Mount Snowdon. Built in 1895 by the Snowdon Mountain Tramroad & Hotels Company, it is usually best remembered for the tragic accident that occurred on the first day of public operation in 1896. It overcame that awful event and has established a well-earned place as one of the most popular tourist railways in Wales. Unusual among Britain's passenger-carrying railways, the Snowdon Mountain Railway was built without Parliamentary authority on private land, a situation that limits the amount of historical information available in public archives. Research carried out by railway historian Peter Johnson has uncovered many new insights into the railway's fascinating history. Stunning scenery and a unique railway combine to make this a fascinating book that will appeal to railway enthusiasts.

About the Author

Peter Johnson is a specialist in the history of Welsh narrow gauge railways and an accomplished railway author and journalist. He has contributed many significant railway histories to the Ian Allan Publishing list, the latest being An Illustrated History of the Travelling Post Office and An Illustrated History of the Welsh Highland Railway. He was the Editor of the Ffestiniog Railway Magazine for many years and was a member of the team that obtained the Welsh Highland Railway Transport and Works Order, that essential legal sanction to the WHR's reconstruction. He now writes a regular column on narrow gauge railways in Steam Railway magazine, also regularly providing features. He is a prolific photographer and his articles and books are illustrated with many of his own photographs. He currently lives in Leicester, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780860936312
Publisher:
Oxford Publishing
Subject:
Railroads - History
Author:
Johnson, Peter
Subject:
Railroads - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
11.70x8.60x.60 in. 1.90 lbs.

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Product details 128 pages Oxford Publishing - English 9780860936312 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The Snowdon Mountain Railway is unique among Britain's railways, quite literally a Swiss mountain rack-and-pinion railway translated to the grandeur of Snowdonia to ascend Wales' highest peak, Mount Snowdon. Built in 1895 by the Snowdon Mountain Tramroad & Hotels Company, it is usually best remembered for the tragic accident that occurred on the first day of public operation in 1896. It overcame that awful event and has established a well-earned place as one of the most popular tourist railways in Wales. Unusual among Britain's passenger-carrying railways, the Snowdon Mountain Railway was built without Parliamentary authority on private land, a situation that limits the amount of historical information available in public archives. Research carried out by railway historian Peter Johnson has uncovered many new insights into the railway's fascinating history. Stunning scenery and a unique railway combine to make this a fascinating book that will appeal to railway enthusiasts.
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