Journey to the rooftop of Wales
Welcome to Snowdon Mountain Railway. Majestic Snowdon dominates the glorious, ancient landscape of North Wales. At 3,560ft (1,085m) it is a true mountain and a place of legend – said to be the burial place of the giant ogre Rhita, vanquished by King Arthur. Some believe that Arthur’s Knights still sleep beneath.
Your journey begins
As your train leaves Llanberis you will be beginning a journey of a lifetime. Outside the Station you will begin the steep climb up the first of the two amazing viaducts crossing Afon Hwch. You will then pass a beautiful waterfall and enter an ancient forest. Beyond the waterfall the train emerges into open, treeless countryside and can give you a first glimpse of the sharp craggy peak of Snowdon.
You are now a quarter of the way up Snowdon and next to the railway there is a small ruined Chapel which held its last service in the 1950’s. Its name still lives on, however, in the passing loop at this point in your journey.
At Half Way point on the mountain your train will move into the second loop in the track and this is where steam locomotives will take on water. There are three passing points on the mountain in addition to one each at Llanberis and at the Summit. The journey between each loop takes approximately 15 minutes. On very busy days you may see all the trains passing on the mountain. After this brief stop the train will work its way up to Rocky Valley.