Carriage 118 (1977)

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For the current Superbarn of the same number, see Carriage 118
Carriage 118
In service on the FR
Type 3rd saloon
Seating 39
Home Railway GVLR
Original Railway FR
Status In service
Built by FR Co.
Built 1977
2016 Withdrawn and sold
Length 36 ft 6 in
Width 6 ft 2 in
Body Width 6 ft 4 in
Frames Ex IoM R6

Carriage 118 is an all third saloon carriage in the Tin Car series. Replaced on the FR by a Superbarn, it is now at the Golden Valley Light Railway.


Carriage 118 is an "all steel" saloon carriage with semi-stressed skin, built at Boston Lodge after a review of line profiles. The underframe was originally from an Isle of Man Railway "Pairs" coach.

It was repainted and refurbished in mid 1991 when it was fitted with new wooden doors and had a refurb of end the vestibules. Work also included modifications to guttering and the fitting of removable down spouts.

In service


Carriage 118 was withdrawn following the end of the 2016 main season. Its last passenger runs were on the 1005/1335 Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog services, and 1135/1505 returns, on Sunday 30th October 2016. A new Superbarn was built to replace this carriage on the FR. After its withdrawal, the old 118 followed the old 119 to the Golden Valley Light Railway.

Its bogies were removed for re-use under the new 118.[1] The GVLR have fitted South African bogies. Its GVLR overhaul has been completed and it returned to service there in Summer 2019.

Carriage 118 at Porthmadog following its final run in FR passenger service, Sunday 30th October 2016.

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