North West Wales

Better weather boosts Snowdon Mountain Railway visitors

The Snowdon Lily climbing its way to the summit Image copyright Snowdon Mountain Railway
Image caption More than 30,000 people, and the queen's baton, have travelled on the railway since March

Better Easter weather and two May bank holidays helped boost Snowdon Mountain Railway passenger numbers, say bosses at the Llanberis tourist attraction.

Figures until 31 May are 50% up on 2013, with more than 30,000 people travelling on the railway since March.

Last year the railway had to close at Easter after the 4.7 mile (7.5km) track was hit by 30ft (9.1m) snow drifts.

Snowdon Mountain Railway general manager Alan Kendall said the visitor figures were "a welcome boost".

Since March the railway has been screening episodes of the children's television series Ivor the Engine before visitors board a real steam train.

Last month the railway was used to bring the Queen's Baton Relay down from the Snowdon of summit on the sixth day of its tour of Wales.

Mr Kendall added: "It is particularly encouraging after last year when we were badly affected by the snowfall in March and April, although we did recover to carry around 110,000 in 2013."

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