Llanberis Lake Railway Review

The Llanberis Lake Railway

Hunslet 0-4-0ST No.1 'Elidir' at Cei Llydan

Hunslet 0-4-0ST No.493 'Elidir' at Cei Llydan ((c) Picture Courtesy of A.Lunness)

The Llanberis Lake Railway is a 2ft gauge line that runs along the picturesque Llanberis Lake in North Wales, using the former 4ft Padarn Railway track bed.

The line starts at the newest station on the Railway at Llanberis (Opened in 2003), right opposite the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
From here, the line runs for about 1/2 a mile to Gilfach Ddu.
This is also home to the Welsh Slate Museum.
The Locomotive and Carriage sheds are also found here.
You can board the train at either station.

From Gilfach Ddu the train runs on alongside the Lake for another mile to Cei Llydan, where there is a picnic area right next to the lake.
When the line is operating two trains, they also pass here. Trains only stop on the return journey, as there is only one platform.

Onward from Cei Llydan the train carries on for approximately one more mile to Penllyn, it is advisable to stay on the train here while the locomotive runs round, as I believe there is no platform.
The train then returns to Llanberis.
On your visit you are likely to be hauled by one of three Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0 Saddle tanks, the famous little locos built in Leeds.
And I assure you, you will have a great day out at the Llanberis Lake Railway!

Line Length: 2 1/2 miles

Operating Days: Please visit this link to see operating days: http://www.lake-railway.co.uk/timetable.html

Website: http://www.lake-railway.co.uk/main.html

Operational Locomotives:

  • Hunslet 0-4-0ST No.493 Elidir (Pictured)
  • Hunslet 0-4-0ST No.849 Thomas Bach (Formerly Wild Aster)
  • Hunslet 0-4-0ST No.1430 Dolbadarn
  • Ruston Hornsby 0-4-0DL No.7 Topsy

Track Plan of Gilfach Ddu:

Track Plan of Gilfach Ddu (Click to Enlarge)

  1. Station Building

  2. Platform

  3. Ash Pit

  4. Locomotive Sheds

  5. Line into Slate Museum