To the summit since 1896. A majestic mountain top adventure
Since 1896 Snowdon Mountain Railway has been welcoming guests to the little village at the foot of Snowdon, Llanberis in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, to experience the awe inspiring journey by rack railway to the summit of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England.
From the moment you leave the station your train will begin the journey upwards to the clouds, a journey experienced by some 12 million intrepid travellers since 1896.
If you are lucky enough to have tickets on the 'Snowdon Lily', or 'The Snowdon Mountain Goat' your carriage will be pushed by one of our original 1896 steam locomotives and you will immediately begin to hear the noble engine exerting its effort as you climb upwards and on towards the roof of the principality.
From the first glimpse of the waterfall in Llanberis to the point at which your train crests the mountain 60 minutes later, you will have been surrounded by the views and the experience that is Eryri , the land of the Eagles.
Mankind has always been driven to experience what it feels like to be on top of the world. First recorded ascents of Snowdon were on foot and subsequently our forebears experienced the upper mountain on horseback or mule. Our unique railway, built for intrepid tourists in 1896 has been allowing visitors the same experience uninterrupted since Victorian times.
Come with us today and see exactly why Snowdon Mountain Railway has been described as one of the most unique and wonderful railway journeys in the world.
Hafod Eryri (opened 2009) is the new Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre and our staff are there to welcome you with a range of snacks, drinks and souvenirs to make your half hour stopover a memorable one.
Snowdon Mountain Railway (established 1896 as Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Company Limited) is probably the only Heritage Railway in the United Kingdom which has operated uninterrupted since its inception as a commercial tourist railway. In addition it is almost certainly unique (quite apart from the fact that it is an ABT rack and pinion railway the only one of its kind in the UK) because all of our original Swiss steam locomotives are still in our possession!
The Snowdon Lily and the The Snowdon Mountain Goat are both built on chassis and bogies from the original carriages of 1896.
The unique original nature of our railway means that the visitor of today will experience exactly what our ancestors did back in 1896 and see for themselves how beautiful the mountain is as they journey through the clouds to Yr Wyddfa, Snowdon.
Spanning three centuries our railway is acutely aware of our legacy. Recently new carriages have been built and commissioned to ensure that visitors to North Wales can continue to enjoy our unique Mountain Railway experience for many years to come.
We have two travel experiences to offer :
The Traditional Diesel Service
Pushed by one of our Hunslet Engine Company diesel locomotives (1985) our new carriages (in service 2013) seat 74 passengers, 10 per compartment. Departures leave Llanberis every day March to October on the hour and on the half hour. Journey time to the summit is one hour with a 30 minute stop over at the peak.
The Heritage Steam Experience on the 'Snowdon Lily' or 'The Snowdon Mountain Goat'.
Pushed by one of our four working steam locomotives from 1896, our heritage carriages are an accurate re-construction of the original Snowdon Mountain Tramroad & Hotels Co Ltd 1896 observation carriages.
Seating only 34 passengers with a central aisle, in twos and fours, we urge passengers who prefer a little more room to book their trip on a steam service.
Departures leave Llanberis three times per day, May to September and pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Journey time to the summit is one hour with a 30 minute stop over at the peak.
Why not arrive a little before your scheduled departure time and see what our Station at Llanberis has to offer.
With screenings three times per hour the Snowdon Mountain Railway Film Theatre currently shows our very own production 'To the Summit of Snowdon' a fifteen minute film describing the history of our Railway which includes tantalising glimpses of the stunning views of the mountain. In addition, we are proud to present a series of original 'IVOR THE ENGINE' cartoons especially for our younger visitors. Voiced by Windsor Davies this quintessentially Welsh Railway complements perfectly the tradition and warmth we try always to convey.
As well as the film theatre we have a wonderful Victorian shopping experience stocking a range of Welsh souvenir products, a Station Buffet serving a range of hot and cold snacks and drinks and our Platform Grill serving Bacon Baps, Burgers, Hot Dogs and Fries.
A visit to Snowdon Mountain Railway is a great day out and a unique Majestic Mountain Top Adventure for all the family!
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