Carriage 119 (1980)

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For the current Superbarn of the same number, see Carriage 119.
Carriage 119
In service on the FR
Type Corridor Third Toilet
Seating 32
Home Railway GVLR
Original Railway FR
Status In service
Built by FR Co.
Built 1980
2007 Overhaul and repaint.
2013 Repaint and interior tidy-up
2014 Withdrawn and sold
Length 36 ft 6 in
Frames Ex IoM R10

Carriage 119 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.


Part of the 'Tin Car' family originally constructed using components from buses, 119 was built in 1980. The underframe was originally from an Isle of Man Railway "Pairs" coach.

Exterior and Interior Views of Carriage 119, 2006. The top half of the picture show the external view. The left end frosted window shows the location of the toilet compartment. The bottom of the waste tank can be discerned under the carriage. This carriage is fitted with drop-lights at each seating bay. The lower half of the picture shows the internal arrangement - lower left is looking "up" towards Blaenau; lower right is looking "down" towards Caernarfon. In common with the other FR corridor carriages, the double seats are on the view side when traversing the Vale of Ffestiniog. Features in this carriage are the centre mounted lighting. At the bottom end of the carriage is the bulkhead on which the other side is the toilet compartment.

Recent Service History[edit]

119 in 2013 showing livery variation applied at that time. Photo: James Hoyle.

During the winter 2006-7 the interior was refurbished. The carpets were removed from the interior. New white ceiling installed, Formica matching the original replaced all carpets on sides and new flooring installed. Seating was also re-upholstered. The exterior was painted in a slight variation of the usual livery and new doors fitted. In June 2009 this carriage along with 'sister' 120 was transferred for use on the WHR, in response to heavy loadings after the launch of services through the Aberglaslyn Pass.

119 continued in service on the WHR during 2010, eventually being transferred back to the FR at the end of the 2010 season. Since then it has been in service, and had an interior clean up and exterior repaint into the more usual red and cream livery just before High Summer 2013.

Life after withdrawal from the FR[edit]

119 was withdrawn and replaced with a Super Barn (see Carriage 119) of the same number in 2014. It has been sold to the Golden Valley Light Railway in Derbyshire. After re-upholstering and being fitted with replacement South African bogies, it entered service on Saturday July 8th 2017.[1] Sister Carriage 118 followed on after its own withdrawal.


  1. ^ "First dynamic test of Carriage 119". The Golden Valley Light railway. June 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2020.

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