Clayton Hybrid Locomotives unveiled at Snowdon Mountain Railway

Clayton Hybrid Locomotives unveiled at Snowdon Mountain Railway
July 20, 2020 Jessica Salt

New Greener Hybrid Locomotives for Snowdon Mountain Railway

Clayton Equipment Ltd has supplied the world’s first rack and pinion hybrid locomotives to the fleet at Wales most popular visitor attraction, Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR).

The two new hybrid locomotives, the first of their type designed and built in the UK for over 27 years are replacements for two of the existing Hunslet Diesel locomotives.

The new greener 800mm gauge battery-diesel hybrid locomotives are driven by high torque, maintenance free electric motor and powered by traction battery and diesel generator which is switched off on descent while regenerative service braking recharges the battery. The traction and braking is all taken through the pinions.

The hybrid locomotive is configured with Euro Stage 5 compliant engine with lower power units which ensure significant maintenance and fuel savings. Quieter than a conventional Diesel locomotive and with lower carbon emissions this new build from Clayton offers a new era of fuel efficiency and emission reductions.

This investment in new technology fulfils SMR’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and improve the sustainability of the experience at the stunning Snowdonia National Park.

Clayton Equipment has also supplied two new passenger pods which will sit on the locomotive framework. This will allow up to 12 additional passengers to travel per trip with added excitement of travelling on the new locomotives.

SMR Senior Engineering Manager Mike Robertshaw said; “This is an exciting time for SMR as the world’s first rack and pinion hybrid locomotives join our existing fleet, we are moving towards a more sustainable future with our greener hybrid locomotives. I believe that these locomotives will ensure the longevity of SMR and enable future generations to enjoy the beauty of Snowdon.”

Clive Hannaford, Managing Director Clayton Equipment said; “We are proud to support Snowdon Mountain Railway with the introduction of the two new innovative hybrid locomotives which are sustainable, low emission and environmentally compliant meeting their commitment to invest in new green technology and take a radical step forward for the business”.