Photo: Martin Ellis
|Type||Observation Brake First|
|Seating||16 x 1st|
|Built by||FR Co.|
|Length||37 ft 5 in|
Carriage 102 is a first class observation, saloon and guards van in the Centenary stock series.
In the 1960s the Festiniog Railway began construction of a series of modern wooden bodied coaches at Boston Lodge. The profile was based on that of the restored former Lynton and Barnstaple Carriage 14 and as a result these coaches are known on the railway as "The Barns". With a requirement for more carriages, construction began of two new coaches to a similar design in 2004. This carriage saw its first tentative service on the AGM Special in 2005.
Unlike the previous three Observation Carriages (100, 101 and 111) built at Boston Lodge, this carriage is not fitted with swivel seats. Instead eight moveable seats are provided, which can be removed to allow one (or more) wheelchairs to enter the carriage. It also has three movable tables in the observation end.
Following the successful introduction of diesel fired heating in previous carriages (111 and 122), 102 is heated.
Following the introduction of the new observation car/service car pairs 102 has become the least used of the modern FR observation carriages. It is planned that once Carriage 152 is complete that 102 will receive the same treatment as the old Carriage 101, being turned so that the observation window faces Blaenau Ffestiniog. The interior will be replaced and will become a standard class observation carriage like Carriage 123. This will allow the two main FR sets to have a standard observation carriage at the top end.
- "Carriage Works", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 239 (2017), page(s): 807