Swiss steam train makes 900 mile trip to Wales

No. 2 heading for Snowdon
Credit: Paul Baker

A Swiss steam locomotive has made a 900-mile long journey to North Wales this week. This offers visitors to the Snowdon Mountain Railway free rides and a taste of the Swiss Alps.

For the first time, a steam train from the Brienz Rothorn Bahn mountain railway is travelling the 900 miles to meet up with sister locomotives at Llanberis.

During September, passengers can enjoy a 20 minute round trip from Llanberis to Waterfall Halt, powered by BRB’s No.2.

The engine will be operated by a Swiss crew and will operate 4 return trips a day, except Friday through September.

What did the officials say?

Vince Hughes, Commercial Manager at Snowdon Mountain Railway, said:

“We’ve been carefully planning this event with our Swiss friends for some time, so it’s great to be just a few days away from unveiling the BRB loco and seeing it steaming up Snowdon for the first time.”

Nick Robb, Project Manager at Switzerland Travel Centre said:

“It’s fantastic to be bringing Loco No 2 across Europe to spend a month visiting our twin railway in Snowdonia.

“The BRB and Snowdon Mountain Railway use the same rack-and-pinion rail system and their steam engines were built in the same Swiss factory over 125 years ago.

“It feels right to reunite these historic steam engines after more than a century apart and we hope the public and rail enthusiasts alike will come along and sample a taste of the Swiss Alps in the foothills of Snowdonia.”

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