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Snowdon Mountain Railway new Heritage Carriage

Snowdon Mountain Railway new Heritage Carriage

Snowdon Mountain Railway new Heritage Carriage

Snowdon Mountain Railway new Heritage Carriage

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Britains' only rack and pinion railway, £18-£27

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Address

Snowdon Mountain Railway,
Llanberis,
Gwynedd,
LL55 4TT

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Details

Since 1896 Snowdon Mountain Railway has been welcoming guests to the little village at the foot of Snowdon, Llanberis in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, to experience the awe inspiring journey by rack railway to the summit of Snowdon the highest mountain in Wales and England.

From the moment you leave the station your train will begin the journey upwards to the clouds, a journey experienced by some 12 million intrepid travellers since 1896.

If you are lucky enough to have tickets on the “Snowdon Lily” your carriage will be pushed by one of our original 1896 steam locomotives and you will immediately begin to hear the noble engine exerting its effort as you climb upwards and on towards the roof of the principality.

From the first glimpse of the waterfall in Llanberis to the point at which your train crests the mountain 60 minutes later you will have been surrounded by the views and the experience that is Eryri , the land of the Eagles.

Mankind has always been driven to experience what it feels like to be on top of the world. First recorded ascents of Snowdon were on foot and subsequently our forebears experienced the upper mountain on horseback or Mule. Our unique railway, built for intrepid tourists in 1896 has been allowing everybody that same experience uninterrupted since that time.

Come with us today and see exactly why Snowdon Mountain Railway has been described as one of the most unique and wonderful railway journeys in the world.

Hafod Eryri (opened 2009) is the new Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre and our staff are there to welcome you with a range of snacks, drinks and souvenirs to make your half hour stopover a memorable one.

Snowdon Mountain Railway (established 1896 as Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Company Limited) is probably the only Heritage Railway in the United Kingdom which has operated uninterrupted since its inception as a commercial tourist railway. In addition it is almost certainly unique (quite apart from the fact that it is an ABT rack and pinion railway the only one of its kind in the UK) because all of its original Swiss steam locomotives are still in our possession!

The Snowdon Lily is built on the original chassis and bogey from the original carriage 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.

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.

We have two travel experiences to offer :

The Traditional Diesel Service
Pushed by one of our Hunslet Engine Company diesel locomotives (1985) our new carriages (in service 2013) seat 74 passengers, 10 per compartment.

Departures leave Llanberis every day March to October on the hour and on the half hour. Journey time to the summit is one hour with a 30 minute stop over at the peak.

The Heritage Steam Experience on the “Snowdon Lily" pushed by one of our three working steam locomotives from 1896, the Snowdon Lily is an accurate re-construction 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 Snowdon Lily.

Departures leave Llanberis three times per day, 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.

Why not arrive a little before your scheduled departure time and see what our Station at Llanberis has to offer.

With screenings three times per hour the Snowdon Mountain Railway Film Theatre currently shows our very own production “To the Summit of Snowdon” a fifteen minute film describing the history of our Railway which includes tantalising glimpses of the stunning views of the mountain. In addition and new for 2014 we are proud to present a series of original “IVOR THE ENGINE” cartoons especially for our younger visitors. Voiced by Windsor Davies this quintessentially Welsh Railway complements perfectly the tradition and warmth we try always to convey.

As well as the film theatre we have a wonderful Victorian shopping experience stocking a range of Welsh souvenir products, a Station Buffet serving a range of hot and cold snacks and drinks and our Platform Grill serving Bacon Baps, Burgers, Hot Dogs and Fries for our younger diners.

A visit to Snowdon Mountain Railway is great day out and a unique Majestic Mountain Top Adventure for all the family!

For further details see www.snowdonrailway.co.uk

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for visually impaired

Make time to visit our free Audio Visual Theatre presentation for a taste of the majestic mountain top adventure.

Opening details

Subject to weather trains run everyday from 16th March - November 3rd 2013

Prices

Summit Fares: Adult return £27, Adult single £20, Child return £18, Child single £15, Clogwyn Fares (Early Season travel 3/4 distance up Snowdon): Adult return £21
Adult single £17
Child return £15
Child Single £11

Booking
Avoid disappointment and book tickets in advance. Bookings can be made in advance by telephone or www.snowdonrailway.co.uk with a credit or debit card and there is an administration charge per booking. Please note telephone bookings cannot be made on the same day as travel.

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SH 585602  Lat: 53.12015 Long: -4.11585

7.5 miles from Caernarfon, 10 miles from Bangor, 17 miles from Betws y Coed.
Nearest mainline railway station - Bangor (North Wales Coast line) 9 miles North.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 9 miles from Bangor station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Make time to visit our free Audio Visual Theatre presentation for a taste of the majestic mountain top adventure.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 3
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children

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