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John L Dobson

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FR Observation Car No.150 out-shopped from Boston Lodge Carriage Works two days ago. It's to go on a promotional tour around UK whilst a matching service car is built – first stop Paddington Station in London.

The number 150 has been chosen as the construction of this carriage marks the 150th anniversary of the start of passenger services on the FR.
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Re: Ffestiniog Railway – newest production from the Carriage Works
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2015, 03:07:08 PM »
Very impressive overall - that custom glass installation must have cost a fortune!

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Re: Ffestiniog Railway – newest production from the Carriage Works
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2015, 03:58:27 PM »
Wow!

John L Dobson

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Re: Ffestiniog Railway – newest production from the Carriage Works
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2015, 05:17:55 PM »
There's also a UTube video accessible through the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways Facebook page - plus a number of other photos on Facebook from Wednesday.
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Re: Ffestiniog Railway – newest production from the Carriage Works
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2015, 07:16:39 PM »
That's a beautiful car!  Thanks for posting the photo and information, John.

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Re: Ffestiniog Railway – newest production from the Carriage Works
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2015, 10:12:37 PM »
Simply amazing! The craftsmen at Boston Lodge never cease to impress me.
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Re: Ffestiniog Railway – newest production from the Carriage Works
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2015, 11:51:25 PM »
John, that is outstanding.

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Re: Ffestiniog Railway – newest production from the Carriage Works
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2015, 01:42:43 PM »
No.150 was unloaded at Paddington this morning. See: https://www.facebook.com/festrail
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Re: Ffestiniog Railway – newest production from the Carriage Works
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2015, 04:04:55 PM »
A recent posting on Facebook indicates that No.150 cost £250,000 ($390,000 approx) to build in-house. Multiply that by at least 5 if you asked Bombardier to do it for you…
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Re: Ffestiniog Railway – newest production from the Carriage Works
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2015, 12:49:40 PM »
150 on display at Paddington – with Paddington Bear in the left hand seat…!

Taken by FR Society member Keith Holland.
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Re: Ffestiniog Railway – newest production from the Carriage Works
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2015, 12:43:40 AM »
Wonderful display where the car will be seen by thousands of people.  Maybe some will decide to visit the FR or WHR.

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Re: Ffestiniog Railway – newest production from the Carriage Works
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2016, 11:59:41 AM »
The FR's new Pullman Observation Car finally goes into public service this weekend along with its dedicated Service Car and two Super Saloons.

There was a 'jolly' for local and national (Welsh Assembly) politicians, and other bigwigs, from Tan y Bwlch to Beddgelert yesterday, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-36163113

Super Saloons cost around £100,000 to build, so the Service Car must have cost around £150,000.

There's a third Super Saloon under construction at the moment, with another to come next winter. All four are replacements for 'tin cars', built cheaply in the 1970s on secondhand under-frames from the Isle of Man Railway, which no longer meet the standards of comfort needed for longish journeys on the FR and WHR. All four have been sold on to smaller railways elsewhere in UK for re-use.
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Re: Ffestiniog Railway – newest production from the Carriage Works
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2016, 12:21:41 PM »
I think just the sight of the 150 at Paddington will tell someone everything they need to know about the quality if both the car and the organization that built her.  It makes a truly eloquent statement!

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Glenn