Visiting Swiss engine on the Snowdon Mountain Railway

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Catch the Brienz Rothorn engine in Llanberis before it leaves at the end of the month
Published Thu, 2018-09-20 10:35

This September saw a Brienz Rothorn Railways steam locomotive, which normally operates in Switzerland, travelling all the way to North Wales to be united with its sister engines at the Snowdon Mountain Railway in Llanberis.

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Both the Brienz Rothorn engine and Snowdon coal-fired steam locomotives were made in the same factory in Winterhur, Switzerland. They both use the same type of rack and pinion system to travel uphill, a system invented by Dr. Roman Abt, a Swiss engineer, in the late nineteenth century. This month has been the first and only time they will be back together again, working side by side 125 years after their production.

The Brienz Rothorn train has been taking passengers on short journeys from Llanberis station for this unique heritage steam event which is free of charge to the public.

Any enthusiasts keen on visiting this one-off event will need to be quick, as the Swiss engine will only be running until the end of this month!

For more information, including departure times, visit the Snowdon Railway website.

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