|Seating||2 x 4 x 1st (declassified) / 17 x 3rd|
|Built by||Carnforth Railway Restoration & Engineering Services|
|2003||2003-2008 - 1 x 4 x 1st, 17 x 3rd|
|Length||35 ft 8 in|
Carriage 113 is a declassified composite carriage in the Carnforth series.
An aluminium bodied coach mounted on Pattern 88 bogies, and heating. Built by Carnforth Railway Restoration & Engineering Services, with running gear, electrical services, finishing and painting by Festiniog Railway Company at Boston Lodge. Financed under the INCA programme.
Originally shopped in the Push Pull livery of lined Green and Cream, in the early 2000s it was painted in unlined Red and Cream.
In 2003, 113 was sent to Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon) with 100 to form part of the F-set. The following winter it underwent major interior work when one compartment was converted to a buffet store and the interior panelling and floor covering were replaced.
By November 2008 the carriage was back on FR metals, as it was surplus to requirements at Dinas thanks to the delivery of Carriage 2010 and (later on) Carriage 2100. No. 113 was spruced up in the carriage works before returning to service on the FR in February 2009. This has involved re-instating the missing first class compartments and giving the carriage a touch up and varnish. While in the carriage works, the interior was cleaned up.
113 was back in service on the WHR in 2013 due to high demand resulting in the need to strengthen the 2 WHR sets to 11 cars apiece. 113 remained on E-set until the end of the 2016 season, when it was displaced by the new Carriage 2047.
It was confirmed that the Carnforths would see a few more years of service in October 2015.
After being removed from E set 113 entered the carriage works at Boston Lodge to be refurbished. It re-entered service in May 2017, again on the WHR, in F-set taking the place of 2060 which had itself entered the carriage works for attention. At this time, alongside the other corridor composites, the first class was downgraded. The seats remained as before but the doors were removed from the compartments and the first stickers removed from the windows. It is planned that the compartments will be removed, and the space used to create a guard's area fitted a setter and handbrake alongside a lavatory. This will enable it to be paired with Carriage 100 as it has no guard's compartment under the Service Car principle.
By the summer of 2017 work on 2060 was complete and 113 was back on the FR.
- "Carriage Works", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 239 (2017), page(s): 807