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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.For Llanberis Lake Railway and beyond, use our Llanberis day trip planner to get the most from your Llanberis vacation.
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.
Llanberis Lake Railway Reviews
Don't bother wasting your money in this place. Staff standing around chatting to each other and ignoring customers. Only reason we didn't walk out is because mother in law is diabetic and needed to si... more »
For a summers day 60 minute trip along the lake with very good photo ops this is just the ticket. Although if you board the train at Gilfach Ddu the first 15/20 is just shuttling to Llanberis stop and... more »
Lovely views of Snowdon and Llanberis Lake. Approx 1 hour round trip. Would be 5 stars if there was a commentary. Station cafe very reasonably priced with variety of cakes. Food cooked to order. Nice gift shop. Recommend
Great place to bring kids and family the walk is not so far to slate museum. Unfortunately the cafe was shut when we went.but did some exploring and plenty to see and learn.the scuba dive pool looks incredible the water is so amazingly blue and you can take plenty of photos.great place for exploring and having fun
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