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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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Zip World Slate Caverns

Zip World Slate Caverns above Blanau Ffestignog are home to exhilarating zip-wires and the unique Bounce Below attraction.

Zip World’s sustainability drive

In 2018, Zip World announced a £100,000 sustainability drive with a focus on reducing plastic packaging and increasing recycling across their three locations in North Wales.

This included the purchase of three Zip World-branded BMW i3 electric cars and charging points, supplementing their existing electric vans which transport adventurers within the Zip World sites.

Zip World co-founder Sean Taylor told a local newspaper: “Zip World’s ambition is to cause as little environmental impact from our business as possible – both across our three sites and along the North Wales, Adventure Highway, between our locations.

“The fleet of new BMW i3 vehicles is the most visible sign of our £100,000 sustainability drive. As well as this, we’re adding more electric charging points, increasing focus on reducing plastic packaging with our supplier partners and adding more recycling points on site.

“We’re proud of being a good neighbour to our communities and will continue to be.”

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Attractions

Zip World Penrhyn

Zip Word’s site at the Penrhyn Quarry near Bethesda opened in 2012, boasting the world’s fastest zip line among its attractions.

Zip World’s sustainability drive

In 2018, Zip World announced a £100,000 sustainability drive with a focus on reducing plastic packaging and increasing recycling across their three locations in North Wales.

This included the purchase of three Zip World-branded BMW i3 electric cars and charging points, supplementing their existing electric vans which transport adventurers within the Zip World sites.

Zip World co-founder Sean Taylor told a local newspaper: “Zip World’s ambition is to cause as little environmental impact from our business as possible – both across our three sites and along the North Wales, Adventure Highway, between our locations.

“The fleet of new BMW i3 vehicles is the most visible sign of our £100,000 sustainability drive. As well as this, we’re adding more electric charging points, increasing focus on reducing plastic packaging with our supplier partners and adding more recycling points on site.

“We’re proud of being a good neighbour to our communities and will continue to be.”

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Attractions

Zip World Fforest

Zip Word’s Forest Adventures site near Betws-y-coed is home to six attractions, including the UK’s only ‘Alpine’ rollercoaster of it’s kind, the Fforest Coaster. There’s also the Zip Safari, soaring through the spectacular Fforest site on 22 zip lines, or you can be drop through a trap door 100ft high on Plummet 2.

Zip World’s sustainability drive

In 2018, Zip World announced a £100,000 sustainability drive with a focus on reducing plastic packaging and increasing recycling across their three locations in North Wales.

This included the purchase of three Zip World-branded BMW i3 electric cars and charging points, supplementing their existing electric vans which transport adventurers within the Zip World sites.

Zip World co-founder Sean Taylor told a local newspaper: “Zip World’s ambition is to cause as little environmental impact from our business as possible – both across our three sites and along the North Wales, Adventure Highway, between our locations.

“The fleet of new BMW i3 vehicles is the most visible sign of our £100,000 sustainability drive. As well as this, we’re adding more electric charging points, increasing focus on reducing plastic packaging with our supplier partners and adding more recycling points on site.

“We’re proud of being a good neighbour to our communities and will continue to be.”