£1.1 million ‘greener’ hybrid locomotives unveiled at Snowdon Mountain Railway

September 8, 2020

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The world’s first rack and pinion hybrid locomotives are delivered to Wales’ most popular visitor attraction.

The world’s first rack and pinion hybrid locomotives join the existing fleet after the railway took delivery of two new hybrid locomotives in June and are currently commissioning them ready to enter service as replacements for two of the existing Hunslet Diesel locomotives.

The new £1.1 million greener locomotives, developed by Clayton Equipment Ltd, are driven by maintenance free electric motors which are powered by a traction battery and a diesel generator. Heritage Great Britain PLC, who operate the landmark destination, say the investment in the new technology follows a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and improve the sustainability of the experience at the stunning Snowdonia National Park.

Senior Engineering Manager Mike Robertshaw said:

‘This is an exciting time for Snowdon Mountain Railway as the world’s first rack and pinion hybrid locomotives join our existing fleet. Since opening in 1896 the railway has evolved over the decades, first there were steam trains, then came the diesel trains, now we are moving towards a more sustainable future with our greener hybrid locomotives. I believe that these locomotives will ensure the longevity of Snowdon Mountain Railway and enable future generations to enjoy the beauty of Mount Snowdon.’

New passenger pods will also be delivered to sit on the locomotive framework. This will allow up to 12 additional passengers to travel per trip with the added excitement of travelling on the locomotive.