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Traditional Diesel Service and Heritage Steam Experience

The Heritage Steam Experience

On the “Snowdon Lily” and “The Mountain Goat"

Pushed by an original Swiss steam locomotive from 1896, our heritage carriages on our Heritage Steam Service are accurate re-constructions of the Snowdon Mountain Tramroad & Hotels Co Ltd observation carriages of 1896, meaning that today’s visitor can enjoy the same experience our ancestors did as they journey through the clouds to the Summit of Snowdon.

On average we have three departures leaving Llanberis daily from May to the end of September (weather permitting) and pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment. The return journey takes approximately two and a half hours, which includes a 30-minute stop-over at the Summit.

The Traditional Diesel Service

Being aware of our unique legacy, new passenger carriages were built in 2013 for our Traditional Diesel Service to ensure that visitors to North Wales can continue to enjoy the Snowdon Mountain Railway experience for many years to come.

Pushed by one of our Hunslet Engine Company diesel locomotives, our contemporary diesel carriages can seat up to 74 passengers. Departures leave Llanberis every day (weather permitting) from mid-March until the end of October, every 30 minutes from 9am subject to passenger demand. During the early season (March and April) the normal destination is not the Summit but Clogwyn which is the 3/4 point on the mountain.

The journey time to Clogwyn is approximately 45 minutes and passengers have the usual 30-minute stop-over at the unsheltered station. Please be aware that there are no facilities at Clogwyn, or on-board the trains. From May onwards our usual destination is Hafod Eryri Visitor Centre at the Summit of Snowdon. The return journey to the peak of the highest Mountain in Wales takes approximately two and a half hours, which includes a 30-minute stop-over before returning to Llanberis.

Famous Friends of Snowdon Mountain Railway

Take a closer look at Snowdon Mountain Railway’s carriages and you’ll see that each has been given its own name.

The steam carriages are named after some of the significant natural sights of Snowdonia, while the newer diesel carriages have been named after significant people from Wales.

When we name a new carriage at Snowdon Mountain Railway we look for someone who is a fantastic international ambassador for Wales, whom we would be honoured to have associated with our railway. We then invite them to officially unveil their carriage and ride it to Snowdon’s Summit.

Katherine Jenkins OBE

Classical singing sensation Katherine Jenkins OBE proud of Snowdon carriage honour

Proud Welshwoman Katherine Jenkins, a singing sensation known around the globe, was the most recent to be honoured by our railway.

In July 2015 the Classical BRIT award-winning artist, who has sung for the Queen and was a finalist on US television show ‘Dancing with the Stars’, cut the ribbon to reveal her name emblazoned on the side of one of our diesel carriages.

At the time of her visit, Katherine was pregnant with her first child. We look forward to welcoming mum, dad and daughter Aaliyah back to Snowdon to ride on Katherine’s carriage.

Sir David Brailsford

Tour De France cycling chief Sir David swapped French Alps for Snowdonia

Our first guest to cut the ribbon on their own carriage was Sir David Brailsford.
The renowned cyclist and director of the successful Team Sky road racing group attended a ceremony in June 2013 at our Llanberis Station to unveil the carriage that carries his name.

Team Sky have five overall Tour De France wins under Sir David who is something of a local celebrity in the Llanberis area. We’re honoured to be associated with such a renowned Welshman.

Sir Bryn Terfel

North Welsh opera star Sir Bryn enjoyed the Snowdon stage

Opera star Sir Bryn Terfel has performed in concert around the world. Hailing from North Wales, we were thrilled when he agreed to cut the ribbon on the carriage bearing his name.

Speaking after the ceremony in April 2014, Sir Bryn said: “What an honour to stand on a platform looking at my own carriage and receiving the courtesy bronze medal of the iconic Snowdon Mountain Railway.”

A bass-baritone singer with two Grammy awards, famous for acclaimed roles as Figaro and Don Giovanni, Sir Bryn said he was “really chuffed” to have his own carriage on our heritage railway. And we’re chuffed to bits about it too!

Which Welsh celebrity could be next for a Snowdon carriage naming?

With one more diesel carriage remaining unnamed in our fleet, it’s time to start thinking about which famous international ambassador for Wales should have their name added to this prestigious group.

In the meantime, book a seat on our Traditional Diesel Service for the chance to ride to the summit of Snowdon in a carriage dedicated to one of these great Welsh icons.

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