'Viaduct and Quarries', 1894.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A train crosing a viaduct above a quarry, probably on the Llanberis Railway line in Wales. The 'Snowdon Mountain Tramroad & Hotels Company' was formed in 1894 to provide a service to take people to the summit of Mount Snowdon, which is what this train is probably doing as the journey involved crosing a viaduct before starting the steep climb to the top. Photograph published by Francis Bedford & Co. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. During the 1860s and 1870s Bedford travelled extensively throughout Britain, taking hundreds of views of British scenery. He was asisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.