Our Fabulous Trains
The Heritage Steam Experience on the “Snowdon Lily” or the "Mountain Goat"
Our heritage carriages are built on the original chassis and bogey 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.
Pushed by one of our four working steam locomotives from 1896, our heritage carriages are accurate re-constructions of one of our 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 the Heritage Steam Experience.
A minimum of three departures leave Llanberis daily, 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.
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.
Pushed by one of our Hunslet Engine Company diesel locomotives (1985) our diesel carriages (in service 2013) seat 74 passengers, 10 per compartment. Departures leave Llanberis every day from mid-March until the end of October on the hour and on the half hour, subject to passenger demand. Journey time to the summit is one hour with a 30 minute stop over at the peak. During the early season (March and April) trains are expected to run to Clogwyn 3/4 up the mountain. The journey time to Clogwyn is 45 minutes with a 30 minutre stop at the unsheltered station.
Sir David unveils carriage that carries his name!
Traditional Diesel Carriage
Heritage Steam Carriage
Sir David Brailsford attended a ceremony on the 17th June 2013 at Llanberis Station to unveil a Snowdon Mountain Railway carriage that now carries his name.
The Team Sky performance director and local personality also officially launched Snowdon Mountain Railway's brand new Heritage Steam Experience that began its first journeys to the summit of Snowdon at the beginning of the month.
Bryn Terfel receives Snowdon Mountain Railway honour!
A railway carriage has been named at Snowdon Mountain Railway to honour North Wales’ bass-baritone Bryn Terfel CBE.
A two times grammy award winner, Bryn is one of the most well-known opera singers in the world and in 2006 he was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music following his CBE for services to Opera three years earlier.
Alan Kendall, General Manager at Snowdon Mountain Railway said:
“Bryn is a true son of Gwynedd and a fantastic international ambassador for North Wales. “This special ceremony is to recognise the tremendous contribution Bryn has made to the area, including hosting his own festival in Faenol for nine years.
“It’s great to be able to honour someone who’s local to the area and is at the top of his profession.”
Speaking after the ceremony, Bryn Terfel 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 smiling North Walian farmer's son who just can’t wait to get to that marvellous summit again.”