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Pullman Observation Car - Welsh Highland Railway
« on: January 08, 2009, 02:00:31 AM »
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jlancasterd wrote:
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The chassis complete with stainless steel body frame work was delivered to Minffordd Yard on the Ffestiniog Railway two days ago:
http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-forum/technology-industry/52045-observation-car.html
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James Patten replied:
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Who built the body?
I'm assuming you'll wait for the connection to be established before delivery to the WHR?

jlancasterd replied:
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Who built the body?
I'm assuming you'll wait for the connection to be established before delivery to the WHR?
Because the fabrication shop at Boston Lodge is occupied by the boiler for NGG16 No.87 at the moment, the underframe and body framing shown in the photo were fabricated by a firm located in part of the old Ferodo factory in Caernarfon - I'm sorry, but I don't know the firm's name and I understand that the workshop is only temporary as the Ferodo site is up for sale. The same firm fabricated the underframe and body frame for No.2010, the WHR Service Car, (the car providing buffet/kitchen, generator, toilet, Guard's van and luggage accommodation) currently nearing completion at Boston Lodge.
The design work for the Observation Car was done by Boston Lodge drawing office and the actual bodywork will be built by the Boston Lodge Carriage Works.
It's interesting that the form of construction for these cars harks back to the technique used for the FR's original bogie carriages (Nos.15 and 16) in 1872. This involves a steel underframe topped by a metal framework for the wooden body, which is built around the metal frame. It produces a very durable vehicle if the survival of Nos.15 and 16 is any guide.
The FR-WHR connection is likely to be established before this car is completed. In fact, we anticipate that both No.87 (the Cockerill NGG16 Garratt) and No.2010 will be delivered over the connection before the Observation Car is finished.
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