Snowdon Mountain Railway offers visitors to North Wales the unique opportunity to travel to the summit of the highest mountain in England and Wales aboard the UK’s only public rack and pinion railway. Everyone regardless of age or fitness can savour the breath-taking views and claim this mountain peak as one of their lifetime achievements.
The journey itself begins by passing through woodland and crossing an impressive viaduct before starting the long haul up to the ridge and onto the mountain itself before the train reaches the 3,560ft (1,085m) summit of the mountain.
Visitors have a 30 minute stay at the summit’s visitor centre ‘Hafod Eryri’; a uniquely designed RIBA award-winning structure built of granite with spectacular views from the ‘window on the world’ wall of glass at the front of the structure. It acts as a terminus for the Snowdon Mountain Railway, providing refreshment facilities, toilets and interpretation of the mountain and its history and is the destination for half a million walkers each year, making Snowdon the world’s busiest mountain.
A recent Good Britain Guide acclaimed Snowdon Mountain Railway as its ‘Railway of the Year’ and ‘Wales Family Attraction of the Year’ and described the railway as a ‘masterpiece of Victorian engineering that is without doubt one of the most spectacular railway journeys you could hope to go on.’
2013 witnessed the introduction of a new era at the railway with four new contemporary carriages pushed by four refurbished diesel locomotives in a beautiful new livery adding extra capacity, comfort and visibility for visitors. This follows a traditional design pastiche of the railway’s history.
The 2013 season also witnessed the introduction of a fully refurbished heritage carriage - The Snowdon Lily - pulled by steam locomotive, offering the passenger more comfort and space and a true heritage steam experience. Due to the huge popularity of this service, a second steam service – The Snowdon Mountain Goat – was commissioned for the 2015 season and is again proving a huge success for the railway.