Tuesday, December 28, 2010

along the Snowdon mountain railway


The Snowdon Mountain Railway in Wales - 'Rheilffordd yr Wyddfa–Croeso' to give its name in Welsh - is the UK's only rack and pinion railway, an 800 mm gauge line which runs for 7.6 km up the side of the mountain from its starting point at Llanberis, at 108 metres altitude, to the Summit at an altitude of 1,065 metres using the Abt system of traction.

The line, opened in 1896, at about which time the early photos date from, is a popular tourist attraction, particularly when the 0-4-2T type steam locomotives, built by the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works of Zürich are used. Website

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