Our Fabulous Trains
Traditional Diesel Service & Heritage Steam Experience
The Heritage Steam Experience
On “The Snowdon Lily” and "The Snowdon Mountain Goat"
Pushed by an original Swiss steam locomotive from 1896, our heritage carriages are accurate re-constructions of the Snowdon Mountain Tramroad & Hotels Co Ltd observation carriages. The Snowdon Lily and The Snowdon Mountain Goat are built on the original chassis and bogies from the carriages of 1896, meaning that today’s visitor can enjoy the same experience our ancestors did, as they journey through the clouds to Yr Wyddfa, Snowdon.
Seating only 34 passengers with a central aisle, we urge passengers who prefer a little more room to book their trip on the Heritage Steam Experience. An average of three departures leave Llanberis daily May to the end of September (weather permitting) and pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment. The return journey duration is approximately two and a half hours, which includes a 30 minute stop 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 seat up to 60 passengers. Departures leave Llanberis daily (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) trains are expected to travel to Clogwyn 3/4 of the way to Summit.
The journey time to Clogwyn is approximately 45 minutes which includes a 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 Summit 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.
Dame Shirley Bassey DBE
Full steam ahead with Dame Shirley Bassey DBE
Global icon Dame Shirley Bassey DBE is the most recent person to have received our unique carriage naming honour.
Travelling to Snowdon all the way from the glamour of Monaco in May 2018, Dame Shirley appeared lost for words at her carriage unveiling, even saying “I’m going to cry in a minute.”
As the only person to have recorded three James Bond theme songs, it is safe to say that few people have done more than Dame Shirley to put Wales on the map.
Having such a global superstar come all the way to Snowdon for this honour was a real highlight of Snowdon Mountain Railway’s 122-year history. It’s certainly something that won’t be forgotten for a long time to come!
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 third person 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 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!
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.