Llanberis Lake Railway, Llanberis

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The Llanberis Lake Railway is a narrow gauge heritage railway that runs for 2.5mi along the northern shore of Llyn Padarn in north Wales in the Snowdonia National Park. The starting point is the town of Llanberis at the eastern end of the lake, with the western terminus at Pen Llyn in the Padarn Country Park. The return journey takes around 60 minutes.
Early proposalsThe Llanberis Lake Railway runs along part of the trackbed of the defunct Padarn Railway, a gauge line which connected the quarry with Y Felinheli (Port Dinorwic) on the Menai Strait. The Padarn Railway closed in October 1961 and was lifted between 16 May 1962 and February 1963. Following the closure of the Padarn Railway, various plans were made to open a gauge tourist railway on the trackbed. The first serious attempt was made by G. Ward a local resident, who proposed a railway that would circle Llyn Padarn using the trackbeds of the British Rail Llanberis branch and the Padarn Railway. This plan would have utilized track and locomotives from the Dinorwic slate quarry, but the company did not pursue the proposal.
Quarry closure and formation of the railway companyIn July 1966, A. Lowry Porter of Southend-on-Sea proposed a shorter railway running from the quarry company's workshops at Gilfach Ddu near Llanberis to Penllyn, along the eastern-most three miles of Padarn Railway trackbed. Negotiations were progressing with the company, when in July 1969 the quarry closed at short notice. The quarry's workshops at Gilfach Ddu were purchased by the Gwynedd County Council with the intention of creating a Country Park. For Llanberis Lake Railway and beyond, use our Llanberis day trip planner to get the most from your Llanberis vacation.
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  • Unlike a previous reviewer, I took note of the situation. The cost is NOT £26 per person but £26 for a compartment of up to 6 people! Guide books are available but, as with every tourist attraction.....  more
    Unlike a previous reviewer, I took note of the situation. The cost is NOT £26 per person but £26 for a compartment of up to 6 people! Guide books are available but, as with every tourist attraction.....  more »
  • £26 per person for a quarter of the way around the lake and back to the station. No toilets at the station or on the train. One of the other passengers found ( we were not provided with this) a... 
    £26 per person for a quarter of the way around the lake and back to the station. No toilets at the station or on the train. One of the other passengers found ( we were not provided with this) a...  more »
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  • Cute little railway alongside the lake, very picturesque and beautiful scenes all along the route. The train will remind you of Thomas the tank engine. The engines are steam engines. The whole experience feels nostalgic and idyllic! Loved it. The tickets are not too expensive and totally worth it. One star less as I'd have loved to be on it for longer or have the stop in between for 15 min to soak in the lake scenery more.
  • Love trip on the steam train. We went with our 5 and 2 year old and we all loved it! We ate our picnic on the train whilst enjoying the views of Snowdon and the lake. The staff were so lovely and the stop where we could get off and explore for a short time was a pleasant surprise. The playground is great for kids too.

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