Published 2013 Heritage Railway Magazine This photo shoot went worldwide Continual maintenance means there is always something to do. Peter Williams, who has been with Snowdon Mountain Railway for 26 years,  poses for the photographer while taking a break from the current tasks. Many of the staff have a long history with the railway and as many as five generations of the same family have worked here. The current longest serving employee has been here 36 years. Locomotive No. 4, Snowdon, during routine annual maintenance and repainting. Just visible behind is locomotive No. 6 Padarn also undergoing routine work. Inside the locomotive shed fitter and driver, Paul Kenney, takes the weight off his feet . Multi skilling is essential on the railway as during the summer months it may require up to eight drivers and firemen daily but, in the winter months, possibly a little as two or three men for that job will be more than plenty, so staff need to be able to move to other areas and continue working with different skills. that is necessary for the quick turn round of this very popular carriage. 9482 – Working with steam trains can be very hot and dirty work but, from the smile on Iwan Hughes’ face, it looks like he is obviously enjoying everything involved with his apprenticeship. In the back ground  Locomotive no. 2, Enid, is heading to the coaling and watering stage after just returning with the Snowdon Lily carriage from the summit. The carriage will now be picked up by the second locomotive and brought back down into the station to board the passengers for the next trip. Passengers travelling on The Snowdon Lily carriage enjoy the panoramic view from the large windows that follow the original 1895 design; although glass now encloses the space that would, in those days, have been open to the elements. To offer a small amount of protection from the, what can be very harsh, elements the Victorians were, however, kind enough to have curtains fitted. At the Top of the World – or, at least, that’s how it feels. Standing on the summit of Snowdon is definitely a breath-taking experience. Snowdonia National Park Authority are continually maintaining the areas of the mountain that hundreds of thousands of people walk on each year and they manage to do this without detracting from the natural beauty of this magnificent area. They say you can see 5 Kingdoms from the top of Snowdon – Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland and the Kingdom of Heaven but, regardless of the visibility, it is an amazing experience to stand on the very top of a mountain. The Ordnance Survey Triangulation Point on the cairn at the summit of Snowdon shows information regarding direction and distances of local points of interest. This is used as the iconic ‘I made it’ photo and is also a popular way of verifying your whereabouts in the rapidly growing  hobby of geocaching. Steps on the front of Hafod Eryri, the summit visitor’s centre, are the perfect place to sit and admire the view while making the most of your time at the top. The granite walls, roof and floors are built with stone from Blaenau Ffestiniog and Portugal. Hafod Eryri has to be able to withstand extreme weather conditions on the summit – Winds over 150mph (twice hurricane force) – Over 5 metres of rain annually – Temperatures of -20°C (excluding wind chill)  During construction of the building many work-days were lost because of the high winds resulting in the train not being able to reach the summit. Wind speeds of over 42mph at Clogwyn mean the train cannot proceed. On many days the men walked to the summit from various lower stations.