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Stepping off the train at the top of Snowdon

This is the first view after riding the little mountain railway to the top.

We went to Wales for our holiday last week. My husband is a train lover and I rather like them too! There are loads of heritage train lines in Wales…all over Britain, but I think the largest amount are in Wales.

Now, I’m afraid of heights…but I wanted to go to the top of Mt. Snowdon, not fit enough to walk, but thought the little Snowdon Mountain Railway would be nice. Hmmm, there are several rather scary spots for someone who is not fond of looking down from high places. But it is soooooo beautiful that you have to look, regardless!

Taken from outside the visitor’s centre

A couple of years ago, I saw a program about the newly opened visitor’s centre and wanted to go there ever since. I highly recommend it, even if you have to go up with your eyes closed! (but don’t do that, you would miss so much!) Snowdon is a truly mystical place, and not just Mt. Snowdon, all the mountains are special, I do feel Snowdonia is my spiritual home!

The sheep are not afraid of heights, you see them grazing almost to the top of the mountain. There are farmsteads halfway up.

These little trains have been in service for over 100 years.

The track for the railway was laid in the Victorian era and the some of the trains have been in service the whole time. I think the diesel engines are a little newer. I wonder how the ladies in their big Victorian costumes fit into these little railway cars! Its not the most comfortable ride and takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Weather conditions play a large part in how far up the mountain they can go. Luckily we had a clear, calm day. (it rained most of the time we were in Wales, so this was lucky!)

Not sure who this scary lady is who always gets between me an a camera!

Words just cannot describe this experience adequately, ya just gotta go there!

 

 

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