North East Wales

Original Snowdon railway engine back in service

Loco number five in the workshop Image copyright Snowdon Mountain Railway

A 121-year-old steam engine will return to service on Wales' highest peak after a 17-year refurbishment.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway's Loco No 5, named Moel Siabod, has undergone a "comprehensive" £60,000 refit after being taken out of service in 2000.

Loco No 5 started carrying tourists up the 1,085 metres to Snowdon's summit when the railway opened in 1896.

The narrow gauge engine will return when the Snowdon Mountain Railway restarts its summer service on Friday.

Image copyright Snowdon Mountain Railway

Loco No 5 was built for the railway in 1895 by the Swiss Locomotive & Manufacturing Company and named after a neighbouring mountain in Snowdonia.

"Of course, rather than having to hike up 1,085m (3,560ft) to the summit, the easiest way to experience the UK's most impressive vista is to relax and take the train," said Alan Kendall, general manager at Snowdon Mountain Railway.

The 4.7 miles (7.6 km) route from Llanberis in Gwynedd to Snowdon's summit building, Hafod Eryri, attracts an estimated 130,000 visitors a year.

The view from Snowdon's peak, taking in the 'magical' Llyn Llydaw lake, was named the UK's best view earlier this month.

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