Swiss rack locomotive to visit Snowdon

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.

Snowdon-bound No. 2 in action on the Brienz Rothorn Bahn. SWISS TOURISM

Much of the world’s mountain railway equipment was constructed by the company, founded in 1871 by the British engineer Charles Brown.

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.

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