Heritage Great Britain, which operates one of Wales’ biggest tourist destinations – Snowdon Mountain Railway – is investing £1.1m in new hybrid diesel locomotives.
The new locomotives, developed using greener technology, will come into service in May 2020 in time for Snowdon Mountain Railway’s busy summer season.
The locomotives will run alongside the traditional steam and diesel trains, which will continue to carry passengers to the summit of Snowdon to enjoy views of the glorious Snowdonia National Park – one of the most scenic points in Britain.
The new locomotives are part of Heritage Great Britain’s commitment to reduce their carbon footprint without impacting on the hugely popular tourist experience.
The locomotives will be driven by maintenance-free electric motors which will be powered by traction battery and a diesel generator.
On their descent from the summit the diesel generator in the locomotive will be switched off whilst service braking recharges the battery, preparing the engine for its next ascent.
The new diesel generator engines are Euro 5 standard and are much more fuel efficient and far lower in emissions than the existing diesel fleet.
Mike Robertshaw, Senior Engineering Manager at Snowdon Mountain Railway, said: “We are extremely proud of the development of our new hybrid diesel Locomotives.
“This is a significant investment in new technology which will not only allow us to carry more passengers but also allow us to help the environment. This is just the beginning of further investment in Snowdon Mountain Railway as we make it sustainable for the years ahead. It’s an exciting time for us all.”
The Snowdon Mountain Railway was constructed between 1894-1896. In just fourteen months a work force consisting of only 150 men laid the track up the highest mountain in Wales and England.
The summit is 1085 metres above sea level with one of the UK’s, if not one of the worlds most stunning views. It is the UK’s only rack and pinion railway.
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