Moel Siabod returns to Snowdon climb after 17 years

The Snowdon Mountain Railway’s 1896-built 0-4-2T No. 5 Moel Siabod is back in traffic following a £60,000 refit.

The locomotive, built by the Swiss Locomotive & Manufacturing Co of Winterthur and sold to Britain’s only rack railway for £1500, had been out of action since 2000.

No. 5 Moel Siabod in steam at Llanberis again after 17 years. SMR

It has undergone a £60,000 refit and refurbishment of the engine, and following its re-entry into traffic in July, is now considered the line’s premier locomotive.

It brings the tally of operational steam locomotives on the line to four, and it will work alongside No. 2 Enid, No. 3 Wyddfa and No. 6 Padarn.

Railway general manager Alan Kendall said: “I’m extremely pleased to have No. 5 back in service and taking passengers up Snowdon once again.

“Our engineers assure me it is the best presented locomotive on our railway and the benchmark for all future locomotive rebuilds.”

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