Snowdon Mountain Railway is busy preparing for services to return to Snowdon summit for the first time since 2019. Hafod Eryri, the summit visitor centre which has been closed for three years, will also open its doors once again.
The railway is due to reopen on 1 April, initially travelling to Clogwyn Station three quarters of the way up Snowdon until trains are able to reach the summit. Hafod Eryri will reopen and the diesel service to the summit is due to recommence on 13 May. The steam service to the summit will also recommence on 15 May.
The railway has not run all the way to the summit for the last three years initially due to the pandemic and, more recently, as a result of essential upper mountain track work.
The railway management and employees are currently busy preparing for the start of the 2023 season, and a recruitment drive is planned for the coming weeks to hire seasonal staff to work up at the summit, onboard the trains, and at Llanberis Station.
Vince Hughes, commercial manager at Snowdon Mountain Railway said: “We’re extremely excited to once again be able to offer our visitors the full journey to the summit of Snowdon, and to welcome passengers and walkers back to Hafod Eryri.
“Our operations and commercial teams are working hard in preparation for our opening on the 1st of April, and we’re looking forward to a busy 2023 season.”
The Snowdon Mountain Railway runs for 4.7 miles from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon and is the only rack and pinion railway in the UK. It is a seasonal attraction which operates from April until the end of October.
For more information on Snowdon Mountain Railway visit www.snowdonrailway.co.uk.
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