Snowdon Mountain Railway is anticipating a record number of visitors this year as trains prepare to return to the summit for the start of the summer season.
Daily passenger services to Snowdon’s summit are scheduled to resume from today (4th May), and with trains travelling to the peak, the summit’s visitor centre Hafod Eryri will also reopen its doors.
The centre houses both catering and retail outlets and also serves the walking community after their climb to the summit.
The view from Wales’ highest peak is reportedly one of the most photographed in the UK and amongst the most shared sights on social media platform, Instagram.
Honouring Dame Shirley Bassey
The steam and diesel services return to the summit just weeks before the visit of Dame Shirley Bassey DBE, who is heading to Llanberis on 17th May for a carriage naming in her honour.
Dame Shirley is the fourth and final person to be honoured by the railway and follows in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Sir Bryn Terfel CBE, Sir David Brailsford and Katherine Jenkins OBE.
Vince Hughes, commercial manager at Snowdon Mountain Railway, said: “We are looking forward to another successful season on Snowdon this year. Dame Shirley Bassey’s visit is sure to be the highlight of our calendar and one of the most significant arrivals in the railway’s 122-year history.
“But there’s much more in store, including being part of the Llanberis Festival and welcoming the visiting loco, from our Alpine cousins Brienz Rothorn Railway in Switzerland.”
Groups visiting the railway
There is a discounted rate for groups of over 25 riding the railway. GTOs should call the dedicated group line on 01286-873 498 or e-mail email@example.com.
For further information visit snowdonrailway.co.uk.
(Photo credit: Mike Spencer).