(Snowdon Mountain Railway) The Snowdon Mountain Railway is a cog or rack railway that has been running from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon since 1896.
The Snowdon Mountain Railway is a cog railway that runs several times each day from mid March through early November weather permitting from Llanberis station to the summit of Mount Snowdon in Wales. Seats must usually be booked in advance in the busy summer months. You can also hike to the summit along a straightforward footpath that meanders near the railway track and it’s possible to ride the train one way and walk the other.
The engines used on the Snowdon railway are either Hunslet diesel or coal burning steam engines. The center cog rail allows the engine traction on the steeper grades and during icy weather. The engine driving along using a cog wheel on the center rail is a rhythmic sound that becomes familiar as you ascend to the summit. The passenger car is always on the uphill end of the engine to avoid the possibility of a runaway.
The railway climbs steeply from Llanberis and is soon above the tree line as the woods give way to sheep pasture. The scenery is bucolic and kept green year round by the frequent rain showers caused by moisture from the Irish Sea condensing on the high mountains of North Wales. The scenery becomes slowly more rugged and trees gradually disappear as the elevation increases. Many dry stone walls built over the centuries partition the landscape.