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Peter Johnson Railway historian, journalist, photographer

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Peter Johnson Welsh Highland Railway Garratt No 138 approaches Hafod y Llyn with a train from Caernarfon to Pont Croesor in 2011.


Peter Johnson is a historian, journalist and photographer specialising in narrow gauge railways.

As a journalist he contributed narrow gauge railway news to 44 issues of the now-defunct Railway World magazine from October 1991 until May 1995. Since June 1995 he has filed a column on the same subject to Steam Railway magazine, achieving 250 issues with No 433 in 2014.

As a historian he has contributed eight titles to the Oxford Publishing Company’s ‘Illustrated History’ series. His book on the Welsh Highland Railway is now in its second edition and has sold more than 6,500 copies.

His two-volume history of the Festiniog Railway, published by Pen & Sword Transport in 2017, has been extremely well reviewed.

As a photographer his photographs illustrate both his columns and his books. He is also the Festiniog Railway Company’s honorary official photographer.

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