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Snowdon Mountain Railway
Welsh: Rheilffordd yr Wyddfa 

The Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR; Welsh: Rheilffordd yr Wyddfa) is a narrow gauge rack and pinion mountain railway in Gwynedd, north-west Wales. It is a tourist railway that travels for 4.7 miles (7.6 km) from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales.


The SMR is the only public rack and pinion railway in the United Kingdom,and after more than 100 years of operation it remains a popular tourist attraction, carrying more than 140,000 passengers annually.The line is owned and operated by Heritage Great Britain, operators of several other tourist attractions in the United Kingdom.

The railway is operated in some of the harshest weather conditions in Britain, with services curtailed from reaching the summit in bad weather and remaining closed during the winter from November to mid-March. Single carriage trains are pushed up the mountain by either steam locomotives or diesel locomotives. It has also previously used diesel railcars as multiple units. The railway has two new hybrid locomotives on order, for introduction at the start of the 2020 season


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Snowdon Mountain Railway



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Opening hours

April 1          to

October 31

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