Snowdon Mountain Railway is buying ‘greener’ hybrid trains

Snowdon Mountain Railway will introduce new hybrid diesel locomotives from May 2020, in time for the busy summer season.

Heritage Great Britain, the operator of Britain’s only rack railway, has invested £1.1 million to purchase the locomotives, which will run alongside the existing steam and diesel trains. The company has made a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint: “without impacting the hugely popular tourist experience.”

The new locomotives will be driven by “maintenance-free” electric motors, powered on the ascent by battery backed up with a ‘Euro 5 standard’ diesel generator – much more efficient and far lower in emissions than their existing diesel fleet.

When descending the mountain, the diesel generator will be switched off, while energy generated from braking recharges the battery, ready for the next ascent.

Mike Robertshaw, Senior Engineering Manager at Snowdon Mountain Railway, said in a statement: “We are extremely proud of the development of our new Hybrid Diesel Locomotives. This is a significant investment in new technology which will not only allow us to carry more passengers but also allow us to help the environment. This is just the beginning of further investment in Snowdon Mountain Railway as we make it sustainable for the years ahead.  It’s an exciting time for us all.”

The locomotives were purchased from Clayton Equipment Ltd and delivered only nine months from the order being placed.

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New water refill points installed on the Angelsey coast

Angelsey County Council and Natural Resources Wales have installed two new water refill points at locations along the Angelsey Coast Park, at Newborough Forest and Holyhead Breakwater Country Park.

The taps are fed with water from the nearby Llyn Alaw reservoir and have been added to the Refill app, which now features over 20,000 locations in Britain where water bottles can be refilled for free.

Water points are located near the toilet block at Newborough and outside the toilet block and cafe at Holyhead Breakwater.

The North Wales Chronicle reported Project officer, Alun M Owen, said: “As well as our successful partnership with NRW, further funding has been secured via Welsh Government to extend the project within communities linked to the coastal path.

“Meetings are underway with Town and Community Councils to install water dispensers at strategic locations combined with information boards to highlight the benefits of drinking local tap water and encourage the use of refillable bottles. All new sites will be added to the Refill App ‘put your tap on the map’.”