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Ira Schreiber

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Re: Update on rolling stock on the WHR & FR
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2016, 08:19:45 PM »
Thanks, Ira, for calling this to our attention. Magnificent carriage work!

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Re: Update on rolling stock on the WHR & FR
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2016, 07:49:01 PM »
As a point of interest, Observation Car No.150 has been so well received that a second almost identical car, No.152, is to be built over the coming winter. The main difference will be in the choice of woods used to decorate the interior. The older Observation Car displaced by No.150, No.111, a steel-bodied car with a half-width driving cab at the observation end, built for use on push-pull winter services in the 1990s, has become a riding van for the Permanent Way and Infrastructure departments. It is very well suited to its new role as it is fitted with a retention toilet and has a brake compartment with wide doors and van space for equipment.

I suspect that the Observation Car that will be displaced by No.152 will be No.102, built in 2005 as a replacement for the first class Observation Car No.100 built in 1965, the wooden body of which was life-expired. I suspect No102 will be turned round to become a 'top end' standard class Observation Car like No.123, the former first class Observation Car No.101, built in 1970, which was displaced by the new, higher capacity, first class Observation Car No.100 in 2006. No.123 was converted to allow easy access for wheelchairs during renovation for its new role, whether that will also happen to No.102 remains to be seen.
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Ira Schreiber

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Re: Update on rolling stock on the WHR & FR
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2016, 03:01:20 AM »
Thanks, John, for the update.