Snowdon preparing for ‘first’ visitor from Switzerland

BRITAIN’s only rack railway is preparing for its first-ever visiting locomotive.

Plans are in hand for the Snowdon Mountain Railway to borrow 1891-built Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works 0-4-2T No. 2 from the Brienz Rothorn Bahn (BRB) near Interlaken in Switzerland for a month this year.

Brienz Rothorn Bahn No.2 is earmarked for a high-profile visit to the Snowdon Mountain Railway this year. BRB

No. 2 was built at the same works as the Snowdon line’s classic steam locomotives.

Michael Ellis, an Englishman living in Switzerland who works part-time on the BRB, said: “This has never been done before. It’s the first time an “in service train” has been taken from the Swiss Alps and operated in the UK.

“Agreements are still to be signed but at this point we are in partnership with the Snowdon Mountain Railway, the Switzerland Travel Centre in London, Switzerland Tourism and of course the Brienz Rothorn Bahn.

Read more in Issue 224 of Heritage Railway – out now!

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