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Historic locomotive steams back to Snowdon summit after 17 year break

Historic locomotive steams back to Snowdon summit after 17 year break

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Cherished steam engine Loco #5 returns


Cherished steam engine Loco #5 has this week returned to service with Snowdon Mountain Railway, carrying passengers to the mountain’s summit for the first time in 17 years.


Loco #5 is now the railway’s premier locomotive, following a comprehensive £60,000 refit and refurbishment of the engine.


This historic locomotive, named ‘Moel Siabod’ after another of Snowdonia’s peaks, first came into service in 1896.


Manufactured by the Swiss Locomotive & Manufacturing Co of Winterthur, these steam engines originally cost the railway around £1,500 to buy.

The return of Loco #5 takes Snowdon Mountain Railway’s tally of coal-fired steam engines in service to four, alongside four diesel locomotives.


Alan Kendall, general manager of Snowdon Mountain Railway, said:


“I’m extremely pleased to have Loco #5 back in service and taking passengers up Snowdon once again.


“Our engineers assure me it is the best presented locomotive on our railway and the benchmark for all future locomotive re-builds.”


Carrie Probin, marketing executive at Snowdon Mountain Railway, said:


“Loco #5 has been given a thorough overhaul and our engineers are proud to see the steam engine restored to its prime and returning to the summit of Wales’ highest mountain.”


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Published 10 July 2017

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