Liverpool firm to fully reopen Snowden Railway

Liverpool tourist attraction operator Heritage Great Britain says the Snowdon Mountain Railway will return to the summit for the first time since 2019. Tony McDonough reports

Snowdon Mountain Railway
Snowdon Mountain Railway runs 4.7 miles from Llanberis to the summit


Snowdon Mountain Railway trains will return to the summit of Snowdon this summer for the first time since 2019.

Trains resumed on the famous line on April 1 this year but only travelled three-quarters of the way to the summit, terminating at Clogwyn. Now Liverpool tourist attraction operator Heritage Great Britain says the trains will travel all the way to the top from June 24.

Services on the line were initially halted due to COVID-19. However, the closure was extended to allow for track upgrades. Now 1,000 metres of new track have been laid. The visitor centre, Hafod Eryri, will reopen to the public at the same time.

Snowdon Mountain Railway has also completed a recruitment drive for the improved service. Commercial manager Vince Hughes says the reopening comes after an “historic and successful undertaking”.

He added: “We are excited to once again offer our visitors the full journey to the summit of Snowdon, and to welcome passengers and walkers back to Hafod Eryri.


Snowdon Mountain Railway
The visitor centre at top of Snowden will also reopen this summer


“Our operations and commercial teams have worked incredibly hard in preparation for our trains returning to the summit, and we are looking forward to a busy few months ahead.

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“This is a massively exciting time for Snowdon Mountain Railway and we have plenty to look forward to.”

Running for 4.7 miles from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon, Snowdon Mountain Railway is the only rack and pinion railway in the UK. It is a seasonal attraction which operates from April until the end of October.

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