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    Celebs who Conquered & Climbed Snowdon - Snowdon Mountain Railway

    10th August 2015

    Beauty, wonder and allure- Snowdon is a symbol of everything that Wales has to offer visitors. So it’s no wonder that the odd celebrity pops by every now and then!
    As an iconic destination and a unique feat of engineering Snowdon Mountain Railway often features on TV shows, plays a part in charity events and is also a great attraction to celebs wanting to enjoy the essence of Eryri with ease.

    Katherine Jenkins OBE

    Earlier this year the talented Katherine Jenkins, whilst pregnant with her child, visited SMR for her carriage naming ceremony. After unveiling the new ‘Katherine Jenkins OBE’ carriage she enjoyed a leisurely trip up the mountain on board her new namesake. We hope to see her back again soon with the little one too!


    Bear Grylls

    Whilst filming on the mountain, Bear took a break from the action man antics and took to the Snowdon Mountain Railway, seeing the mountain landscape from a new and more tranquil perspective!



    Bryn Terfel CBE

    First visiting in 2003 for the spring reopening of the summit building, Bryn Terfel has honoured us with 2 more visits. In 2009 Terfel walked ¾ of the way up the mountain whilst our train carried up a full sized grand piano allowing for a glorious performance by Terfel of ‘My Little Welsh Home’. Terfel later returned to the Railway for the event of his carriage naming ceremony in 2014.



    Sir David Brailsford CBE

    The custom of honouring Welsh stars with carriage namings was first introduced with a ceremony for Sir David Brailsford CBE, the first namesake for one of our new Diesel carriages. In 2013 Sir David visited the Railway with his daughter Milly and together they also launched our new Heritage Steam Experience.



    Michael Portillo

    A 2011 episode of Michael Portillo’s BBC TV show, ‘Great Railway Journeys’, included a train ride to the summit of Snowdon as one of the great railway adventures. You can still watch episodes on the BBC iPlayer now!


    Dame Penelope Keith

    For ‘Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages’ TV series, Dame Penelope visited Snowdon Mountain Railway and enjoyed a trip to the summit of Snowdon as she explored the hidden gems of the UK.



    Sir Chris Bonnington

    Our lovely little loco no6, ‘Padarn’, steamed up the mountain in May 2012 with the Olympic Torch on board. Sir Chris Bonnington took the flame right up to the cairn in celebration of the 2012 Games.



    David Prowse- Darth Vader

    The legendary David Prowse MBE, Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, brought his family for a trip up Snowdon in 2013. Casting aside his crutches to indulge us in some photos, the force certainly is strong in this one!



    Fred Dibnah MBE

    Neither wind nor rain could prevent the Railway from launching its summer service to the summit of Snowdon in 2002. The late, great Fred Dibnah was on hand to get the season started!



    Pudsey Bear

    In 2011 a group of youngsters from Hybu Pobl Ifanc walked up Snowdon to raise money for Children in Need. Waiting for them at the summit was none other than Pudsey, who had caught a ride on one of our trains!

    We could go on...Lord Sebastion Coe with the Paralympic Flame, Bollywood stars Vivek Oberoi and Aishwarya Rai, ex-Wales rugby international Rupert Moon, Griff Rhys Jones, Connie Fisher, Tony Robinson, Susan Bullock CBE, Sir Dafydd Bullock, Joel Sartore and many more in the past!

    Plus, with 2016 being the Railway's 120th anniversary year we are certain to have a few more famous faces stopping by!

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