Celebrity guest and Swiss steam locomotive pulls in the visitors to the Snowdon Mountain Railway

Swiss steam locomotive at the Snowdon Mountain Railway
Credit: Helen Lang

The Snowdon Mountain Railway has announced that a Swiss steam locomotive and a Welsh singing superstar has brought thousands of more visitors to the railway this year.

This special steam locomotive was visiting from the Brienz Rothorn Bahn (BRB) railway in Switzerland. It travelled 900 miles to North Wales last month, to meet up with its sister locomotives on Snowdon. The successful visit resulted in a substantial increase in visitors compared to last autumn.

The narrow gauge railway, which closes for the winter this weekend, enjoyed another significant moment in its history this season as global icon Dame Shirley Bassey DBE became the fourth and final person to have a carriage named after.

This followed in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Sir David Brailsford CBE, Sir Bryn Terfel CBE and Katherine Jenkins OBE, Dame Shirley Bassey unveiled her carriage at Waterfall station.

The rack and pinion steam railway have also been visited by numerous film crews this year, filming the railway, the summit building and the mountain’s breath-taking scenery for a range of documentaries and even a television advert.

Channel 5 brought George and Larry Lamb to the railway in the spring as part of their series ‘Britain by Bike’. Monkman and Seagull of University Challenge fame visited in the summer to explore the ingenious engineering that makes the railway so unique as part of their BBC documentary ‘Genius Guide to Britain’.

The mountain railway then played a starring role on the small screen, featuring in German supermarket giant Aldi’s recent advert.

What did the officials say?

Vince Hughes, Commercial Manager at Snowdon Mountain Railway, said:

“I’m absolutely certain that this has been a season like no other, reflected in increased numbers of visitors at key times of the year.

“We are thrilled to have enjoyed a historic first in the visit of a train from our sister railway in Switzerland, while also attracting some significant TV programmes and presenters.

“My own personal highlight was welcoming Dame Shirley Bassey to the railway in May to unveil her very own carriage.

“It was a really special day in what has been another successful season.”

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I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.

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