Switzerland to Snowdon

Steam locomotives united

Next September a Brienz Rothorn Railway steam locomotive currently operating in Switzerland will travel all the way to North Wales to be united with its sister locomotives at the Snowdon Mountain Railway in Llanberis.

Both the Brienz Rothorn and Snowdon coal-fired steam locomotives were made in the same factory in Winterhur, Switzerland. They both use the same type of rack and pinion system to travel uphill, a system invented by Dr. Roman Abt, a Swiss engineer, in the late nineteenth century. Next September will be the first and only time they will be back together again, working side by side 125 years later.

The Brienz Rothorn train will take passengers up Snowdon to Waterfall station, 182m above sea level. In addition to the journey, visitors will get a flavour for Switzerland and all things Swiss with an exciting programme of events yet to be unveiled.

We are very excited about this unique collaborative project and cannot wait to bring our locomotive over to Wales for everyone to enjoy,“ James Wilson, STC Project Manager.

Further details to follow in the coming months...

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Key facts

When: 9 Sept. 2017 – 1 Oct. 2017 (Saturday – Thursday)
Where: Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TT
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