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Snowdon Cog Railway by David Davies

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(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.

I’ve been an amateur photographer for as long as I can remember, which at my age is about a couple of weeks! I’ve owned film cameras from Zeiss, Scheider, Leica, Nikon and Olympus, as well as digital cameras from Pentax and Canon, and still have several, if I can ever find them. I currently use a Sony NEX-5N with an 18-55mm zoom lens, and after a year of ownership am still learning all the functions.

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  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 4 years ago
    Lovely picture of a well remembered scene and railway. My Mum used to dragme off to Aberystwyth & Llundudno every year and the cog railway was my

    highlight !

  • I just bet it was! Happy memories, eh?

    – David Davies

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 4 years ago

    Great vista shot David.

  • Thank you, Al.

    – David Davies

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 4 years ago

    Excellent work, great composition, well done!

  • Thanks, Denis!

    – David Davies

  • angeljootje
    angeljootjeover 4 years ago

    Great view,David !!!
    Greetings Johanna

  • Thank you Johanna.

    – David Davies

  • JDL15
    JDL15over 4 years ago

    Great view but a tad expensive now i think £ 12 – 15

  • Ouch! No bargain there, John.

    – David Davies

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture David …

  • Thank you, Tom

    – David Davies

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 4 years ago

    nice view and capture

  • Thanks, Ryan.

    – David Davies

  • Adrian Evans
    Adrian Evansover 4 years ago

    nice shot and much better weather than i had on Saturday – couldn’t see more than 15 feet!
    Prices £18 – £25

  • I think I got lucky, Adrian. And there was no scaffolding and very few people. LOL

    – David Davies

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaover 4 years ago

    What an excellent shot David. Love the beautiful view.

  • Thank you, Ralph. Funny thing is I just sold a greeting card of this today!

    – David Davies

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawabout 4 years ago

    Superb David – Welsh memories!

  • Thank you, Bob, happy memories indeed!

    – David Davies

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