Sunday, 8 October 2017

TR Volunteers Visit the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway

This weekend saw a few volunteers from TR visit the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway for their annual Victorian Weekend. 
Merddin Emrys stands at Beddgelert
It's caught the attention of the TR lot 
Matthew, Luke and Rob admire and discuss Palmerston 
While I take a look at the Curly Roof Van..
This van was built in 2004 and is a replica of an 1873 Brown Marshall & Co. bogie van, familiarly known as the curly roofed van. As a practical detail while working this vehicle, it is convenient for a guard to look forward along the train over the concave section of the roof without putting his head above the roof line. 

The Festiniog Railway bought the bodies for three bogie luggage vans from Brown, Marshall & Co. - two in 1873 and the third in 1876, and added the bogies and brake gear at Boston Lodge works following delivery. They each contained a guard's compartment, a large luggage compartment accessed externally by sliding doors or internally from the guard's compartment, and a small compartment for dogs.

Antony, Chris and David admire the loco
While Mark, Stewart, Luke and Chris admire the stock 
The team view the arrival of another train.
Luke struggling with the low head room. 
Chris snapping (L.Griffiths) 
A trip on the "Flying Bench"
The Flying Bench was built by Brown, Marshall & Co of Adderley Park Birmingham. It is a single compartment open carriage with knifeboard seating and a third class of capacity seven each side. Believed to have been part of the first batch of narrow gauge passenger coaches built in the world.
A trip on the Quarry Mans Carriage. A tight Squeeze.
Matthew taking a look at the loco's (L.Griffiths) 
Victorian Token Exchange (C.Gilchrist)
Geoff the Brakesman