MEMORABLE SEASON FOR MOUNTAIN RAILWAY

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

A VISIT from a Swiss en­gine, along with a memorable ap­pear­ance by a Welsh singing su­per­star, brought thou­sands more vis­i­tors to Snow­don Mountain Railway this season.

The train, from the Brienz Rothorn Bahn (BRB) railway in Switzer­land, 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 railway, which re­cently closed for the win­ter, 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 in her hon­our.

Fol­low­ing 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 be­fore re­turn­ing to greet fans who had gath­ered to see her.

Snow­don Mountain Railway has been vis­ited by nu­mer­ous film crews this year, film­ing the railway, the sum­mit build­ing and the mountain’s breath­tak­ing scenery, for a range of doc­u­men­taries and even a tele­vi­sion ad­vert.

Chan­nel 5 brought fa­ther and son duo Ge­orge and Larry Lamb to the railway in the spring as part of their se­ries ‘Bri­tain by Bike’, while Monkman and Seag­ull, of Univer­sity Chal­lenge fame, vis­ited 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.

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.”

● Snow­don Mountain Railway will re­open in spring for its 2019 season. Visit: www. snow­don­rail­way.co.uk

● Dame Shirley Bassey with Vince Hughes at Snow­don Mountain Railway

● The Swiss BRB loco at Llan­beris sta­tion

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