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Snaefell Mountain Railway

Open: Summer Season: Apr 4th - Nov 1st 2012: Daily, Regular Departures from Laxey Station between 10.15am & 15.45 (last guaranteed ascent)
Price: PRICES FOR 2012

Douglas or Ramsey to Bungalow or Snaefell
Adult: single 6 return 12
Child: single 3 return 6

Laxey to Bungalow
Adult: single 5 return 7.20
Child: single 2.50 return 3.60

Bungalow to Summit
Adult: single 5 return 6.40
Child: single 2.50 return 3.20

Laxey to Snaefell Summit
Adult: single 5 return 10
Child: single 2.50 return 5

Children under 5: FREE. (limit 2 per paying adult as long as seat is not in use by another passenger.)
The third (or subsequent) child under five must pay the child fare.
One child (ages 5-15): FREE with each full paying adult.

Explorer Tickets
There are three different Explorer tickets available.
1 Day, 16.00 adult, 8.00 child
3 Day, 32.00 adult, 16.00 child
5 Day, 39.00 adult, 19.50 child
7 Day, 47.00 adult, 22.50 child
Each Adult ticket also includes a child aged 5 to 15 travelling at the same time.
On the 3 & 7 day tickets the days run consecutively.

Heritage Explorer Tickets
Five Day: adult 55 child 27

Isle of Man Railway Residents Tickets
Adult: 55
Child: 27.50
Disabled: Limited Access, steps
Parking: Ample

History

Started in 1895, the Snaefell Mountain Railway took just seven months to complete. Running a total of four miles from the village of Laxey to the top of the island's highest mountain, Snaefell at 2,036ft. The electric Snaefell Mountain Railway is the only one in the British Isles. The line is 3 1/2ft gauge covering 5 miles with a steep incline of 1 in 12 running on a 53 chain line. It has a centre line to aid braking.

Location

Laxey: Start/End Stop
Snaefell Mountain Road (The Bungalow): Stop
Snaefell Summit: Start/End Stop


Travelling on the Snaefell Mountain Railway

The most common place to start your ride on the Snaefell Mountain Railway is in Laxey. There the Manx Electric Railway trams from Douglas and Ramsey stop. Laxey is also accessible by bus services from many places around the island. If you come by car then you can park near where the Railways run. There is a half way point for the trams on the Snaefell Mountain Road for those who wish to join the tram there. Parking is also available at this stop known as 'The Bungalow'.

There is only one tram at a time going up or coming down. The ride from Laxey to the summit takes thirty minutes and offers amazing views of Laxey Glens and surrounding countryside. At the top is a cafe and ticket station. Paths are located about the summit where walking is permitted. Sheep often roam free on the mountain, so can be easily encountered. From the top on a clear day it is said one can see the six kingdoms. The kingdom of Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Mann and Heaven.

Allow at least one hour for a return trip. One tram goes up and directly one comes down. The tram you came up on will be the tram you go down on unless you manage to catch the one going down straight away before it leaves. Wait at the top till next trams departure is 30 minutes. There are no roads to or from 'The Summit', but there are walking paths to and from 'The Bungalow' and Laxey. The whole trip with wait is an hour and a half. Can be windy and cold even on sunny days, dress warm.


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