A STEAM locomotive from Switzerland is to visit the Snowdon Mountain Railway in September.
The 1891-built locomotive, the Brienz Rothorn Bahn’s No. 2, is a sister engine to the Snowdon line’s locomotives which were also built by Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works, a railway equipment manufacturer based in Winterthur.
Much of the world’s mountain railway equipment was constructed by the company, founded in 1871 by the British engineer Charles Brown.
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The 4.7 mile Brienz Rothorn Railway – a tourist rack railway, which climbs from Brienz, at the eastern end of Lake Brienz, to the summit of the Brienzer Rothorn – also uses the Abt double lamella rack system, and unusually for modern-day Switzerland, the line is not electrified, and most trains are operated by steam locomotives.
The railway, which is also built to 2ft 7½in gauge, ascends to 7362ft above sea level and is the fourth highest railway in Switzerland.
Read more in Issue 243 of HR – on sale now!