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The Snowdon Mountain Railway is a narrow gauge rack-and-pinion railway located in Gwynedd, north-east Wales. It runs from the terminus station at Llanberis up the summit of Snowdon, and has become a popular tourist attraction. It served as the inspiration for the Culdee Fell Railway in the Railway Series.

History

Since 1896, visitors from around the world have travelled on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Trains scale the highest mountain in England and Wales - 1085 metres - where Snowdon boasts dramatic landscape and scenery. This unique railway is one of the most popular visitor attractions in North Wales. The summit of Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales.

For more than 112 years holidaymakers and day-trippers have been appreciating the truly spectacular views they have experienced while claiming the ascent of Snowdon is a lifetime adventure. As the trains climb through the atmospheric landscape of Snowdon, passengers can absorb themselves in the rich myth, legend and history Snowdonia has to offer.

Locomotives

The Snowdon Mountain Railway owns eleven locomotives, seven steam and four diesel. One of the steam engines appears in the 1979 annual, though it is unclear which engine in particular it is meant to be. Although the railway owns eleven locomotives, this section only covers those with counterparts from the Railway Series.

Name RWS counterpart No. Notes Photo
L.A.D.A.S. Godred 1 Named after Laura Alice Duff Assheton-Smith, wife of the major landowner in the area. Destroyed in an accident on the railway's opening day and was broken up for spare parts.
L.A.D.A.S.
Enid Ernest 2 Named after the daughter of Laura Alice Duff Assheton-Smith, whom L.A.D.A.S. is named after. It arrived at Llanberis in August 1895.
Enid
Wyddfa Wilfred 3 Arrived at Llanberis on 7th December 1895.
Wyddfa
Snowdon Culdee 4 Named after the mountain the railway climbs. Currently awaiting overhaul.
Snowdon
Moel Siabod Shane Dooiney 5 Named after a neighbouring mountain.
MoelSiabod
Padarn Patrick 6 Named after the lower lake at Llanberis. Originally named Sir Harmood after the chairman of the company, Sir John Sutherland Harmood-Banner, it was renamed Padarn in 1928.
Padarn
Ralph Alaric 7 Originally named Aylwin until October 1978 when it was renamed Ralph Sadler, later shortened to Ralph. Currently dismantled and stored off-site; it is unlikely to return to service.
Ralph7
Eryri Eric 8 Arrived at Llanberis in 1923. Currently dismantled and stored off-site; it is unlikely that the locomotive will ever return to service.
Eryri

Gallery

External Link


* RWS only | ** T&F only
Snowdon Mountain Railway
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