Friday, 6 February 2015

The Future

Moving Into the future

In November 2012 an exciting chapter in the history of Snowdon Mountain Railway began when we took delivery of the  first of four contemporary carriages. This arrival was the beginning of a new era for the railway and saw the complete replacement of its existing carriages which had served the railway admirably since 1923.The first carriage was quickly followed by the arrival of three additional new carriages in time for the start of the 2013 season.

Arrival of a contemporary carriage
In addition to the new diesel hauled carriages ,  Snowdon Mountain Railway built and commissioned  the rebuild of an original 1896 carriage to be pushed  by an original steam locomotive . This carriage- christened “The Snowdon Lily”  - surprised us by its popularity in 2013 and 2014 with the service being sold out on many operating days through the year.

 Clearly having disappointed customers unable to travel on our fabulous steam trains is not good for business so our Railway has taken the decision to build another Heritage Steam Carriage to partner “The Snowdon Lily “ for 2015 . The order has been placed and we anticipate delivery on site in April for commissioning and entry to service in May.

An early picture of Loco No. 5 Moel Siabod
In addition to our new Heritage Steam carriage  , we are bringing out of retirement locomotive  No 5 – Works number 989 – Moel Siabod  which dates from 1896 . This engine retired awaiting restoration in 1999 and the success of the new Heritage Steam Carriage is a perfect opportunity to bring this wonderful old locomotive back into service for 2015 .

Over the next 13 weeks leading up to the expected delivery date we will be detailing the building of the new carriage and bringing Moel Siabod back to life.

Spanning three centuries – The Snowdon Mountain Tramroads and Hotel Company Limited (est 1896)  - Snowdon Mountain Railway  !


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