The Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Snowdon Mountain Railway takes you on an unforgettable trip up to 3,560 feet (1,085 meters) and the top of the highest mountain in England and Wales, Mount Snowdon, “Yr Wyddfa” in Welsh. The trip takes you from the pretty town of Llanberis through beautiful scenery before reaching the summit and the panoramic views across Snowdonia and far beyond.

The opening of the Welsh Highland Railway and it’s station at Rhyd Ddu on the south-west of Snowdon led to a decrease in visitors at Llanberis, so it was decided to build a railway to claim back some of lost trade. After much debate and arguing, the “Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Company Ltd.” was formed and work started on the huge engineering project in 1894.

The work involved one hundred and fifty men, with only shovels, picks and dynamite. In the process, two viaducts and several bridges were built, plus a three-hundred foot cutting through the mountain rock. All-in-all, nearly five miles of track was laid with a one-in-seven gradient and all this was done in a mere fourteen months.

A patented rack-and-pinion system was already in use in the Swiss Alps and America. Locomotives were purchased from Switzerland (four of which are still in operation), with the loco “Enid” clocking up nearly two-million miles since she started in 1896.

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Glyn Peris Guest House is a detached Victorian house set in its own spacious grounds, located close to the water of Llyn Padarn.
The Royal Victoria Hotel is cradled between Lakes Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris. The Snowdon Mountain Railway is within one-hundred yards and provides a breathtaking journey up the mountain to the summit.
Situated at the foot of Mount Snowdon, The Lake View Hotel is surrounded by woodland and features rooms overlooking Lake Padarn. The garden view rooms look onto a forest at the foot of the mountain.
Tyddyn Perthi Farm is set in the countryside outside Llanberis. This charming property offers an ideal setting for fishing, walking, horse riding and canoeing. It has a comfortable lounge and pretty gardens.

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