'Nearing the Summit', 1894.
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A steam train climbing to the summit of Mount Snowdon 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, leaving from Llanberis station and travelling the five miles to the Summit station. 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 assisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.