The Snowdon Mountain Railway takes visitors on the journey of a lifetime up the magnificent mountain called Snowdon, located within the Snowdonia National Park. At 3,560ft, the mountain is somewhat regarded as the ‘rooftop’ of Wales.
Great news to those who visit or plan to visit the area in the near future is that the Snowdonia Mountain Railway has begun replacing its existing railway carriages with four new ones for 2013, meaning if you are planning a ride up to the summit of Snowdon, then you will be doing so in some brand new carriages!
Earlier this month, the first of four new carriages were delivered to Llanberis, where it was then lifted onto the rails. When all four new carriages are delivered and put into operation, they will be pushed by the four diesel locomotives in a beautiful new livery. The Snowdon Mountain Railway team are planning to have all the new carriages in fully working order, ready to take visitors to the summit of Snowdon once again when they open in March 2013.
General Manager Alan Kendall said that the new carriages will offer increased levels of comfort for passengers, as well as the ability to carry more passengers when required. The existing carriages date from around 1923 and have carried hundreds of thousands of visitors to the summit of Snowdon through steam train technology.
The very first train to reach the summit of Snowdon was in January 1896, which was a fantastic way to kick start tourism into the Snowdonia area. After trial and improvement going on for several weeks, the railway was opened to the general public around Easter 1896, where it has been transporting passengers to the summit and back ever since.
All around Wales, facilities and infrastructure is being improved to help increase the quality of the area, as well as help increase levels of tourism. The Welsh government have actively been funding or part funding various new developments ranging from train stations to coastal defence infrastructure, and in this case, have provided an amount of funding towards the £1.2m cost.
The Snowdon Mountain Railway re-opens in spring time 2013, with all of its new carriages in full operation. If you would like to take a trip up Snowdon, but aren’t sure on walking it, or simply want a relaxing day out in one of Wales’ finest places – then prepare a trip to the Snowdonia National Park. Aside from visiting this fantastic mountain, there are a whole range of other attractions and activities that prove very popular amongst tourists and locals, ranging from outdoor walking, kayaking, climbing and biking, to fishing, fine dining, swimming and much more.