Anglesey Island, Electric Mountain and a suprise train ride. 2


Today our plan was to visit Anglesey Island, actually manage to tour Electric Mountain ( they were full earlier in the week ) and the return the rental car.

Angelsey is an Island on the norther end of Wales, near Ireland.
It’s a nice island, but of interest to Jeanette is the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch , which from here on I’ll refer to merely as Llanfair PG.

It’s one of the longest place names in the world, and lots of tourists stop at the train station just to get a picture with the sign. We got one of those.
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Here’s how it’s supposed to be pronounced.

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After the stop for the photos, we headed to the nearby town of Beaumaris for lunch and a little walk by the shore. Beaumaris has another castle ( they seem pretty common here…) though we were short on time and didn’t tour this one. It’s also got a nice beach. The sun was out and lots of folks were lunching at the shore on the grassy park there.

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The beach had a RNLI ( Royal National Lifeboat Institute ) station. The station was had a quick-response rigid inflatable boat ready to go with a tractor ready to push it nose first into the water. We apparently missed a launch today by just a few minutes. We were out of there on our way to Electric Mountain at about 1:3o and their website lists a launch at 13:42.

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Jeanette and Sterling also saw a mystery bird they’re unable to identify, swimming in the water just off the beach at Beaumaris.  Please email with any identifications.

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After Anglesey, we headed for Electric Mountain. I wish I had some pictures to show you, but they don’t allow cameras inside the facility. The tour was well worth taking.

Essentially, it’s a huge mechanical battery, storing electricity at 76% efficiency. During the night, when demand and costs are low, power stations around the UK have large amounts of unused electricity so the facility pumps water from a reservoir at the base of the mountain to one at the top. During the day and early evening, when demand and cost is high, they use that water to generate electricity and feed it back into the grid.

Unlike conventional generating facilities, these facilities can be online in as little as 6 seconds, evening out the load on the conventional generators and making the whole system more efficient.

Since Electric Mountain is located inside the Snodownia National Park, the entire facility was carved out of the inside of a mountain to hide it and not spoil the surroundings.

Sorry I don’t have pictures, but if you’re interested in knowing and seeing more, hit the link.

After Electric Mountain we returned the rental car to Enterprise. Despite their earlier promises when we rented it, they claimed that Sterling’s house was outside their delivery area and instead offered to merely drive us to the train station. So, now, we’ve had a train ride every day we’ve been here.

Tomorrow we start the road trip to Cornwall. Bletchley Park and National Computer Museum.


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2 thoughts on “Anglesey Island, Electric Mountain and a suprise train ride.

  • Mark S.

    Now that’s a mouthful for a Name of a Town. Llanfair PG is much easier. Looks like the weather is cooperating for you. Good to see.
    Again gorgeous scenery. Very envious.