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The Snowdon Mountain Railway (Hardback)

Local History Transport Photographic Books Colour Books 20th Century Trains and Railways Wales 19th Century

By Peter Johnson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Narrow Gauge Railways
Pages: 264
Illustrations: 200 colour & black and white illustrations, maps & track diagrams
ISBN: 9781526776099
Published: 11th November 2021
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The Snowdon Mountain Railway is one of the great narrow gauge railways of North Wales, with thousands of visitors travelling to the summit of Mount Snowdon along the line each year.

This book covers the history of this historic and interesting line from its beginnings in the 1890s through to the present day.

The author Peter Johnson has been writing about narrow gauge railways for many years and has a deep knowledge of the lines in North and Mid Wales.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway is an important part of the tourist industry in North Wales and plays a vital part in providing transport in this popular and much visited area.

This volume looks at the narrow gauge railway's history and development, taking in the present and future development of this fascinating line's operation.

This is a really good addition to the range of narrow gauge railways in Wales that Peter Johnson has written for Pen & Sword books and like all the other books in this series i.e. Corris, Vale of Rheidol, Festiniog, Welsh Highland and Welshpool & Llanfair it leaves no stone unturned in covering this most interesting unique mountain railway. Highly recommended.

Peter A. Harding - Branch Line & Light railway Publications.

It is a great book written by Peter Johnson, an expert on narrow gauge railways and the author of several books on the subject such as "Festiniog Railway" or "The Vale of Rheidol Railway", also by the same publisher. It contains all the necessary information and many photographs about this picturesque tourist railway.

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Unos Cuantos Trenes

This is an excellent book a thorough in depth look at the history.

In the mid 1960s I climbed Snowden but due to the cloud coming in the safest way down was to follow the railway. So I saw at first hand the entire line. This book brought back happy memories.

I would highly recommend this volume.

James Simmonds
 Peter Johnson

About Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson is a well known and respected author of narrow gauge and light railway books, he lives near Leicester and has been connected with the world of minor railways for many decades.


He has written many books on narrow gauge railways for Pen and Sword and other publishers over many years, this book on the Snowdon Mountain Railway is his latest.


Peter Johnson had a career in local government before retirement, which gave him time to pursue his main interest in railway research, that of the Welsh narrow gauge lines, in mid and North Wales.

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